Richard Bettsworth has been confirmed in the role of editor of the Leicester Mercury having been the paper’s acting chief for the past six months.
A Mercury staffer for the past 12 years, Richard was appointed acting editor in October after the departure of Keith Perch, now combining work as a freelance media consultant with the role of head of corporate communications at Leicester’s De Montfort University.
His boss, Mercury publisher David Simms, said he had done a “brilliant job” as acting editor and he has now been given the role permanently.
Richard takes the top job after seven years as deputy to both Keith and his predecessor Nick Carter, having begun his career as a trainee reporter at The News, Portsmouth, in 1990.
Said Richard: “It is an honour to edit a newspaper which is held in such high regard and a privilege to lead a team of journalists which contains so many talented individuals.
“The Leicester Mercury plays an important role in the Leicestershire community, at its heart are the core principle of producing high-quality local journalism which reflects the interests and concerns of our readers and which champions our community.”
Added David: “Richard is an editor of the highest calibre who has a wealth of experience. He has an enormous amount to offer both the paper and the business.
“He has done a brilliant job leading the team and has contributed greatly to the wider business community.”