Sam Holliday, left, oversaw the Bath Chronicle’s successful frequency change in 2007 which has since been copied by four Northcliffe sister titles, two of Trinity Mirror’s big-city mornings and now by five Johnston Press-owned dailies.
He becomes the eighth senior Northcliffe editor to leave the business in the past year.
The others are Jon Grubb (Lincolnshire Echo), John Meehan (Hull Daily Mail), Keith Perch (Leicester Mercury), Marc Astley (Exeter Express & Echo), Andy Cooper (Cornwall and Devon Media), Malcolm Pheby (Nottingham Post) and Alan Qualtrough (Western Morning News.)
Tweeting on Sam’s departure, John Meehan said: “Bath Chronicle Editor Sam Holliday latest to go. Excellent editor & great bloke. Lot of talent has left the industry.”
Sam, who currently edits the Bath Chronicle, Somerset Standard and Somerset Guardian, said he felt it was the right time to seek a new challenge after nearly 30 years working in the regional press.
He began his career on his hometown newspaper, the Tamworth Herald in 1983 as a news reporter, before progressing onto being editor of the Walsall Advertiser, the Tamworth Herald, and then group editor of Central Independent News.
He became editor in chief of Bath News and Media, which includes the Chronicle, in 2005.
Said Sam: “I have had a fantastic time working in the local newspaper industry and I have been privileged to work with some amazing people as well as for a company in Northcliffe, who have always been incredibly supportive.
“I have reached a time where it is right for me to try something different, to forge a new path and to let someone else take on this exciting and challenging role.”
“Of course I will miss the job and the buzz of producing our first class papers but I will miss the people most of all.
“I have been very lucky to work primarily in two lively and forward-thinking centres – Tamworth and Bath – and I have worked alongside hundreds of passionate, committed people over the years.”
Sarah Pullen Managing Director of Bath News and Media said: “It has been a privilege to work with Sam over the past six years and during this time he has been absolutely committed and passionate about the development of our newspapers.
“He has played a key part in transforming the Bath business and has been a strong link in joining both the business community and the public in changing the perception of our business. I will miss Sam very much and I wish him all the very best for the future.”
Sam will leave on June 1 and will play an active role in appointing his successor.