The Financial Times announces the appointment of Matthew Garrahan as its global media editor, overseeing coverage of media, marketing and entertainment. He was previously the FT’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering Hollywood, digital media and West Coast business and politics.

Garrahan will assume the role on 1 February and will relocate from Los Angeles to New York in the summer, where he will lead a global team of correspondents, ensuring the FT remains a must-read source of news, analysis and comment on the business of media and entertainment.

Lionel Barber, editor of the FT, said: “Matt has been an outstanding reporter in Hollywood for the FT, consistently delivering front page scoops and deeper reportage on the entertainment industry. He is a highly respected media observer and his move to New York as the FT’s media editor is a natural next step. He will be a superb leader in this vital beat.”

Since joining the FT in 1998, Garrahan has reported on the business of sport, leisure industries and the convergence of media and the web. He won the Los Angeles Press Club prize for best business story in 2013, best entertainment news story in 2011 and best news story in 2008. He was a finalist for a 2010 Mirror Award for excellence in media reporting.

Garrahan replaces Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, who became the FT’s US news editor in October 2013.