Two more weekly editors have left their jobs as Johnston Press completes its shake-up of senior editorial staff in the North-West.
A restructuring plan announced by the regional publisher last month involved reducing eight daily and weekly editor roles to four.
Last week we reported the departures of Steve Brauner, the former North West Evening Mail editor who joined JP in 2010 as editor of the Lancaster Guardian, and Richard Machin, who left the Garstang Courier to news edit the Evening Mail.
It means JP’s new-look senior team in the region is now in place, with Nicola Adam moving to the combined role of editor of the Lancaster Guardian and Garstang Courier, and Burnley Express editor Chris Daggett adding Nelson and Clitheroe to his responsibilities.
Nicola’s old paper, the Chorley Guardian, now comes under Lancashire Evening Post editor Gillian Gray, while new Blackpool Gazette editor Jon Rhodes will take responsibility for the Lytham St Annes and Fleetwood titles.
Steve, pictured above, began his 37-year career at the Lytham St Annes Express as an 18-year-old junior reporter having been born, bred and educated on the Fylde coast.
He then transferred to the Blackpool Gazette as assistant news editor before becoming news editor and then supplements editor.
He retained this role but took on additional responsibility for the two weekly titles in 2009 following an earlier JP editorial cull which saw Express and Weekly News editor Garry Miller leave the company.
In the past three years Steve has taken the Weekly News from being a 36-page mono and colour publication to a 48-page full colour while launching Express campaigns to Save Lytham Hall and rebuild an arson-hit scout HQ.