Wednesday 27 July 2011

Regional resignations: John Meehan at Hull Daily Mail is fourth daily editor to quit this summer

John Meehan, editor of the Hull Daily Mail editor, is the latest daily regional newspaper editor to announce his resignation.

HoldtheFrontPage reports that Meehan is leaving in the wake of the decision by Hull Daily Mail-owner Northcliffe to scrap the roles of regional editorial directors and introduce new publisher roles at the group’s four biggest centres.

Meehan, who was regional editorial director for the group’s North-East titles, is to be replaced in Hull by Neil Hodgkinson, currently editorial director of the CN Group and editor of the News and Star, Carlisle.

Hodgkinson is a previous editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post in Leeds.

Meehan is Northcliffe's longest-serving daily newspaper editor, with 14 years’ service as editor of the Express and Echo in Exeter and then the Hull Daily Mail.

It was announced this week that Paul Robertson has resigned as editor of Trinity Mirror's Evening Chronicle in Newcastle to "seek a new challenge". He is also Trinity Mirror's editorial director for the North East.

Earlier this month the editor of the Lincolnshire Echo Jon Grubb stepped down amid speculation that the Northcliffe daily is about to go weekly.

In June, it was announced that Dave King had resigned as editor of Newsquest's daily Swindon Advertiser.


Steve Dyson said...

Or the fifth in six months if you include John Furbisher's departure from the Sheffield Star in February...

Hackwatcher said...

We could go on...Derek Tucker (P&J), Mick Hill (South wales Echo), Marc Reeves (Birmingham Post) Steve Dyson himself.... whatever way you look at it, a huge loss of talent to the industry.