The editor of Britain’s biggest selling regional newspaper the Express & Star is to bow out after 11 years in the role, it was announced today.
Adrian Faber, who took over the editor’s seat in 2002, will leave the Wolverhampton-based title on 29 March.
It brings to a close a newspaper career which has seen Adrian edit no fewer than five regional dailies over the course of more than two decades.
Adrian joined Express & Star publisher the Midland News Association in 1998 as editor of the Shropshire Star before moving to his current role four years later.
He said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have been editor of Britain’s biggest regional newspaper for more than a decade.
“It’s never been dull. There have been some tough times but some unforgettable moments when we have been dealing with breaking news. I’ve been lucky to work with such a great team.”
Managing director Phil Inman paid tribute to Adrian for his contribution to the Express & Star’s success for more than a decade.
Said Phil: “Adrian has set a high editorial standard throughout his editorship, ensuring the Express & Star remains the first choice for readers in the region.
“Adrian informed me of his decision to step down in October but agreed to stay to play a lead role in some important projects.
“Using his considerable experience, he has contributed to the industry’s response to the Leveson Report. He has also made a major contribution to plans for the development of our portfolio.”
Keith will become the tenth editor in the Express & Star’s 128-year history when he takes over on March 30 and will also become the editorial representative on the MNA board.
He said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked to take over from Adrian, who has been a fantastic editor to work alongside.
“These are challenging but exciting times for the Express & Star and I’m looking forward to building on the traditional strengths of the paper, both in print and online.”
The MNA is now advertising on HoldtheFrontPage for a new editor for the Shropshire Star.