Thursday, 12 April 2012

How the regional daily paper editors have fallen

This looks like being another tough year for daily regional newspaper editors with Johnston Press putting Peter Charlton, editor of the Yorkshire Post, and Paul Napier, editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, under notice of redundancy as their editorships are combined into one role.

It was also announced this week that Simon Reynolds has left as editor of Johnston's Lancashire Evening Post. His departure follows that of Maria McGeoghan at Trinity Mirror's Manchester Evening News last month.

Here is a list of daily newspaper editors who have gone since the start of last year:

Dave King, Swindon Advertiser;

John Furbisher, Sheffield Star;

Sarah-Jane Smith, Shropshire Star;

Paul Robertson, Newcastle Evening Chronicle;

Jon Grubb, Lincolnshire Echo;

John Meehan, Hull Daily Mail;

Keith Perch, Leicester Mercury;

Marc Astley* , Express & Echo, Exeter;

Neal Butterworth, Bournemouth Echo;

Gerry Keighley, South Wales Argus;

Malcolm Pheby, Nottingham Post;

Alan Qualtrough, Western Morning News;

Maria McGeoghan, Manchester Evening News;

Simon Reynolds, Lancashire Evening Post.

*The Express & Echo had gone weekly by the time Astley left.

  • HoldtheFrontPage reports that Scotsman editor John McLellan is set to become the latest casualty in the editorial shake-up at Johnston Press. The company has announced that his role as editor-in-chief of The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News is to disappear. McLellan has been placed on leave and is now in consultations with the company over his future.
  • The NUJ has condemned the "cull of editors" at Johnston Press.

1 comment:

Nick Hart said...

Hmm. When was the last time you met a regional daily editor who actually edited? Who was there for any other reason than to act an editorial figleaf for the beancounters? Someone to relay the bad news? Indispensable? I don't think so. Better to employ three reporters with the money saved.