An award-winning journalist of 33 years is celebrating another twist in his topsy-turvy career after being named as the new editor of the Irish Post.
Murray Morse, left, was editor of the Cambridge News for four years before leaving the role in a restructure in 2008, then editor of the Sunday Sport until it went bust last April.
Now he is back again as the new editor of the London-based Post, which circulates among the UK’s Irish community.
Murray’s other roles in the course of his regional press career have included deputy editor of the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle and assistant editor of the South Wales Argus.
The Irish Post ceased publication in August after its then owners, Thomas Crosbie Holdings of Cork, put it into liquidation with the loss of ten jobs.
It returned to the newsstands in October after being bought by London-based Irish businessman Elgin Loane, who also owns the classified magazine Loot.
Said Murray: “The Post has a long and proud tradition as the ‘Voice of the Irish in Britain’, and I am very proud to be leading it into a new era after the title was rescued by Elgin Loane last year.
“What excites me is that both Elgin and chief executive Niamh Kelly have plans to grow and develop the title. It’s a tough time for newspaper industry generally, but I think that with its talented and enthusiastic team, the Irish Post has the potential to be a beacon of what is good and exciting about newspapers.”
Murray started his career with his home-town newspaper, the Worthing Gazette & Herald, and has worked on some of the busiest news desks in the UK, including the Sun and the Scottish News of the World.
He also news edited the Belfast Telegraph for two years, covering the last year of The Troubles and the first ceasefire, which was called on the day his daughter, Harriet, was born on August 31 1994. She was later dubbed “the ceasefire baby” by his Bel Tel colleagues.
He also worked in Wales, as the assistant editor of the South Wales Argus under Gerry Keighley for two years, before becoming deputy editor and then acting editor of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, again leading the title to Regional Newspaper of the Year in 2002 for its coverage of the Twins Towers Terror attacks.
He then oversaw the successful transformation of the Cambridge News from a five-edition evening title, to a daily paper with two morning editions and another two in the evening. His departure from the paper led to a no-confidence vote in management by his former staff.