Northants Evening Telegraph editor Jeremy Clifford is to make a permanent move northwards as the new editor of Sheffield daily The Star.
Jeremy was seconded to run the Johnston Press title in February following the departure of the previous editor, John Furbisher.
At the time JP was advertising externally for a permanent editor to succeed John, who quit in January after just seven months in the role.
However yesterday Jeremy’s appointment was confirmed in a memo to staff by Sheffield Newspapers managing director John Bills.
It read: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Clifford as editor of the Sheffield Star with effect from 13 June.
“Jeremy brings a wealth of editorial and management experience and I am delighted he will be able to carry on the work he has started whilst in the position of acting editor.
“He will report directly to me and I am sure you will join me in wishing Jeremy every success in his role.”
A race is now under way for Jeremy’s old job in Kettering, with his deputy Neil Pickford in pole position for the role. Neil has been acting editor at the Telegraph during Jeremy’s secondment.
Jeremy, 46, took over at the Northants Evening Telegraph in 2005, stepping up from the role of deputy editor.
He began his career at the Hull Daily Mail in 1987, later leaving to help set up the now-defunct Hull and Beverley Independent before launching his own freelance news agency.
He later joined the Derby Telegraph as a reporter before moving to the South Wales Echo as deputy news editor and later news editor.
His other roles included a stint with Trinity Mirror Regionals as editorial development manager, helping to develop the readership of the group’s titles through a range of editorial and marketing improvements.