Monday, 19 January 2009

Burton Mail and Leicester Mercury editors quit

Another regional editor has quit his post. HoldtheFrontPage reports that former Sun journalist Paul Hazeldine, has resigned as editor of the Burton Mail after seven years.
He is to be replaced by Steve Lowe, previously group editor of LSN Media and editor of Bedfordshire on Sunday, who has been made editor-in-chief of the new Iliffe News and Media Central division, which now covers the Burton title. Hazeldine told HTFP:"I am leaving today but it's nothing to do with anything else that has been announced. I am just retiring from journalism and doing other things."
Lowe was recruited to Bedfordshire on Sunday by the paper's founder Frank Branston.
It was also revealed on Friday that Nick Carter, one of Northcliffe's longest-serving editors was leaving the Leicester Mercury after 15 years. He is to become the first chairman of the Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Development Company, a new body set up by the city of Leicester and county councils to help drive economic growth across the area.
Meanwhile, HTFP is reporting more jobs gloom. It says up to 49 jobs are at risk on papers in Johnston's Midlands divisions. The company is proposing to create three centralised subbing operations to be based in Northampton, Peterborough and Milton Keynes. A staff consultation is due to finish by 6 March.

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