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Meet The Team: April 2008

It takes a lot of monkeys to keep the DS machine turning, you know. Read on for profiles of the esteemed members of our team - and be warned, there are pictures.

Every month we ask the team a different question. For APRIL, the question is... Who is the better human being: Judy Nunn or Judi Spiers?



Neil Wilkes
Editor
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As editor of Digital Spy and spinoff Big Brother site DS:BB, Neil is responsible for overseeing all content on the network, including planning, production and publishing. Neil also handles staff management and the site's creative development, working on new ideas and projects.

> Click here for Neil's TV blog 'Tube Talk'

Question of the month answer: "I vote for Judy Nunn. To some she is just a deranged, fridge-dwelling Aussie battleaxe but to those who can look beyond that she is an author of world class standard."



James Welsh
Systems Administrator


As Digital Spy's systems administrator, James manages a network of 24 servers, numerous content management systems, and the site's coding and design. In addition to his technical responsibilities, James oversees Digital Spy's media coverage.

Question of the month answer: "Judi Spiers. Judy Nunn's involvement with fridge doors rather puts me off."



Alan Jay
Business Director
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Alan handles many of Digital Spy's business operations, including liason with our advertising sales team and co-ordination of expenditure. With a keen interest in home entertainment, Alan also produces inside reports on upcoming hardware releases.

Question of the month answer: "Neither - both are well below the point of opinion forming."



Daniel Saney
Deputy Editor


Dan serves as the site's primary news moderator, editing and approving most of the content on the network, in addition to updating the front page with the most relevant stories. He is also editor of the movies section.



Nick Levine
Music Editor


Nick manages the music section and is responsible for planning all feature output, including reviews and interviews. He also edits the popular Gay Spy area of the site and produces the weekly Celebrity Chart feature.

> Click here for our music blog 'The Sound'



Kris Green
Soaps Editor


Kris is responsible for all output in the most popular section of the site, including provision of news, spoilers and interviews.

> Click here for Kris's soaps blog 'Soap Scoop'




Dave West
Media Correspondent


Dave joined us in October 2005 as an entertainment reporter but was promoted to the post of media correspondent in February 2008. In this role, he provides news and feature pieces for the media section, as well as news and interviews for the TV area.

Question of the month answer: "I would like to vote for Judy Nunn because I have vague but warm memories of her as a lovely motherly figure in Home and Away. I also read that she returned to the soap in 2002 but as a ghost, which is pretty cool. Sort of."



Alex Fletcher
Entertainment Reporter


Alex joined DS in May 2007 as a Big Brother reporter and was appointed to the entertainment team later that summer. In addition to his news reporting duties, Alex produces regular music reviews and interviews.

Question of the month answer: "I pick Judy Nunn. I don't feel particularly strongly about either, but I don't think Spiers is anywhere near as good as her contemporaries on Look North. So Nunn gets my vote."



Daniel Kilkelly
Entertainment Reporter


One of Digital Spy's longest-serving reporters, Daniel produces news content at weekends.

Question of the month answer: "I'm going for Judy Nunn, mainly because I want to stay true to my appreciation of Aussie soaps!"



Beth Hilton
Entertainment Reporter


Having worked as a Big Brother reporter, Beth joined the entertainment team full time in October 2007, providing news reports and the weekly showbiz features Ten Things and Celebrity Birthdays.

Question of the month answer: "It has to be Judy Nunn, of course! Ms Spiers is obviously a respected broadcaster (and well loved in the South West apparently), but watching good old Ailsa and Alf on Home And Away was a crucial part of my adolescence."



Simon Reynolds
Entertainment Reporter


Simon joined DS as an entertainment reporter in February 2008.






Ben Rawson-Jones
Cult Editor


Ben joined DS in September 2006 and now works primarily in the cult section, producing show spoilers, reviews, news and recaps, in addition to the weekly Cult Spy feature. Ben also moonlights in the movies section with weekly reviews for the 'DS At The Movies' column.

> Click here for Cult Spy

Question of the month answer: "I'm plumping for Judi Spiers because she is the female equivalent to Alan Partridge, with her nationwide Pebble Mill chat show (which depressed me in my youth) quickly giving way to a return to the doldrums of regional broadcasting - and probably lunch with Sue Cook and Bill Oddie too. However, I would definitely smell her cheese back in the day and watch a Bondathon with her."



David Gibbon
Gaming Editor


David helped launch the Gaming section of the site when he joined the team in February 2007, producing news, reviews and feature pieces.

Question of the month answer: "I have to say Judy Nunn, because here's a woman who has done it all. She's written scripts for Aussie soap Neighbours, she has written books and she even starred in that infamous daytime TV programme Sons and Daughters as the unflappable Dr. Irene Fisher. But what I most admire about her is the fact she lives in the Sun and it's making me overtly jealous!"



Raphael Clairefond
Production Assistant


Raphael joined Digital Spy in October 2007 on an eight-month placement from France. He is responsible for co-ordinating all competitions and the Star Snaps picture galleries, in addition to picture and video editing duties.

> Click here for Raphael's behind-the-scenes blog 'Diary of a French Intern'



David La Rosa
Production Assistant


David's primary role is to provide support for the content team with image requests, in addition to duties on the forums.




Olly Mitchell
Production Assistant


Olly's primary role is to encode and add video clips to the TV, movies and gaming areas of the site.

Question of the month answer: "As I'm from the Westcountry, I've got to support my locals, so it's Judi Spiers all the way!"



James Fiddy, Tom Miller and Jay Seery
Forum Support Team


James, Tom and Jay - their mugshots withheld for reasons of personal safety - are among the team that provides round-the-clock support for the forums.

Question of the month answer from James: "This month it is definitely a tough call, but it would have to be Judi Spiers... simply because she broadcasts on BBC Radio Devon!"

Question of the month answer from Tom: "I'd opt for Judy Nunn, even though the idea of her returning to a soap as a ghost was a little extreme."



Darren Shelley
Lineups Guru


Darren is responsible for maintaining the huge volumes of data in the channel lineups section of the media zone and also covers Scottish soap River City for the soaps section.





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