Mike Williams has been named editor of NME, the British music weekly magazine, according to a report in Music Week. Williams will replace editor Krissi Murison who is stepping down in June.
Williams, who became deputy editor of the music publication last June, worked as a freelancer and became the features editor of the magazine in September 2010. Before that Williams was editor and founder of Kruger magazine, which he launched and edited for six years.
The New Musical Express has published weekly since March 1952 starting out as a music newspaper and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper.
Williams told Music Week that, "Krissi Murison has done an amazing job as my predecessor, and I'm totally honored to pick up the baton from her. My challenge is to make NME magazine and the wider NME brand even sharper, our message more coherent and to engage even more with NME's audience of passionate music fans."
Emily Hutchings, NME"s publishing director added: "[Mike Williams] brings with him a wealth of editorial experience as well as knowledge in managing multiplatform brand extensions. Mike demonstrated a clear strategic vision and passion for NME