Two Yorkshire daily editors whose jobs were combined in a recent restructure have survived the chop after both were appointed to new roles.
The duo had been due to go head to head for the single editorial job overseeing the two Leeds-based titles, which are owned by Johnston Press.
But Paul has now been appointed to the newly-created role of group editorial development director, with responsibility for accelerating the company’s ‘digital first’ strategy.
It means that Peter, one of the great survivors of the regional press with three editorships already under his belt, will continue to have overall responsibility for the YP in his new role as editorial director.
He said of his new appointment: “I am looking forward to helping to shape this business in the future. Editing the Yorkshire Post alone is a great privilege and the opportunity to extend my role will enable me to better target our journalism at both our two key titles and online.
“The regional press faces a challenging future. We must maintain both our momentum and standards in order to meet those changing needs.
“To my mind, the Yorkshire Post is regional journalism’s leading title and, in the Evening Post, we have a paper and website that should reflect and campaign for the people of Leeds.”
The appointments, which will take effect on 7 May, were announced in a statement issued by Johnston Press yesterday.
It read: “Paul Napier, currently editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, has been appointed group editorial development director, responsible for accelerating digital content initiatives. Paul will report to Henry Faure Walker, digital and business development director.
“Peter Charlton, currently editor of the Yorkshire Post, has been appointed editorial director for Yorkshire Post Newspapers Limited.
“Peter will take responsibility for the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post in his new role and continue to report to Helen Oldham, managing director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers Limited. “