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Meet The Team: February 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 FEBRUARY, the question is... Who is the better human being: Annabel Giles or Annabel Croft?



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 pick Annabel Croft. She's bright, bubbly and beautiful - a cut above Giles, who has the sexual prowess of Croft's tennis racket."



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 international news coverage.

Question of the month answer: "I prefer Annabel Giles - I think she is super-duper!"



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: "Because Giles isn't a tennis player. And she's on Radio 4."



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.

Question of the month answer: "I prefer Annabel Croft, since she doesn't remind me of crop rotation."



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'

Question of the month answer: "I would like to place a vote for the wonderful Annabel Giles - a far sparkier Annabel than the rather bland, forgettable Croft."



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'

Question of the month answer: "I'd have to say Annabel Croft. I don't imagine that Annabel Giles could have made it around the Treasure Hunt course without keeling over. And I couldn't imagine old Gilesy competing in Celebrity Wrestling, either - she'd never get away with wearing a leotard."



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 prefer Annabel Giles because I'm a big fan of Just A Minute."



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: "My vote after a lot of contemplation and deliberation over my lunch is.....Annabel Giles. Her job as the 'roving reporter' on Monkhouse's Memory Masters swung it."



Daniel Kilkelly
Entertainment Reporter


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

Question of the month answer: "I prefer Annabel Croft, but the only reason I can give is that I had never heard of Annabel Giles before today!"



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: "I'm pretty indifferent to Annabels of any persuasion, but I'll tentatively plump for Annabel Croft. Ms Giles is a bit posh for my liking and she's written two novels, which brings out the green-eyed monster in me!"



Simon Reynolds
Entertainment Reporter


Simon joined DS as an entertainment reporter in February 2008.

Question of the month answer: "I would have to say Annabel Croft because I'm a tennis fan!"



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 prefer Annabel Croft because, being a former tennis player, she has excellent ball control, a firm grip, and looks damn fine in white."



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'd have to say Annabel Croft as I have fond memories of her jumping out of a helicopter on Channel 4's Treasure Hunt. The former tennis star always looked good in her tight fitted suit which, combined with her upper class accent, helped make my adolescence far more tolerable."



Dek Hogan
Resident Critic


Dek has been with Digital Spy since 2002 and serves as our resident critic for all things television. As well as a weekly TV Diary, Dek also publishes regular columns in the Big Brother and X Factor areas of the site.

> Click here for Dek's weekly column 'TV Diary'



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'

Question of the month answer: "Finally, I joined Annabel Giles’ side. By giving my vote to the one who successfully wrote books, I hope to remain faithful to the idea that France is THE land of literature!"



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.

Question of the month answer: "As I have no idea who either of them are :x , I would say Annabel Croft simply because her name sounds better."



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: "I prefer Annabel Croft on the basis of two words - Celebrity Wrestling. That is all."



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: "Annabel Giles gets my vote for sounding the most beautiful ;)"

Question of the month answer from Tom: "I'll admit that I haven't heard of either of the Annabels, but I'll make an educated guess and say that Annabel Giles would be my favourite. I prefer comedy to tennis, though if I were to play I'm sure the two would somehow intertwine."

Question of the month answer from Jay: "I'd probably say that I'd 'prefer' Annabel Croft over Annabel Giles. Reason bring, Annabel Croft is a former tennis player and I've always admired professional (or non) sports athletes. They're doing (or did) what they love for a living, which must be a damn hard field of work to be successful in, and also providing entertainment for thousands of other people aswell as being exellent roll-models for alot of people. Her performances were fun, clean, healthy, and as in all other sports games, exciting."



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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