24 April 2014

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Former editor to return to company as publishing director

A former regional editor who resigned from Trinity Mirror after a restructure four years ago is to return to the company in a publishing director role.

Marc Reeves, who left his role as editor of the Birmingham Post when the title went weekly in 2009, has been appointed to the newly-created position of publishing director, Trinity Mirror Midlands.

Since then he has run his own public affairs consultancy and helped set up TheBusinessDesk.com’s West Midlands operation.

Marc said today that “the opportunity to develop Trinity’s Mirror’s regional titles, to build on the digital strategy and secure even stronger stakeholder relationships was too much to resist.”

The editor-in-chief of the Birmingham Post and Mail, David Brookes, will now report to Marc who will also work closely with the papers’ commercial teams.

Trinity Mirror said Marc would have responsibility for all publishing activity across the Midlands as well as management of the region on a day-to-day basis.

Marc takes up his new role at the end of this month and will report directly to Simon Edgley, Trinity Mirror’s regional managing director.

Said Simon: “I am delighted that Marc will be joining us as publishing director for the Midlands business.

“As we develop our publishing strategy across both digital and print platforms, it is essential that we continue innovating and moving forward at pace.

“Key to this is having the right people in place and Marc’s knowledge and experience will ensure our brands remain an essential part of our readers’ every day lives.”

Marc originally left Trinity Mirror along with the then Birmingham Mail Steve Dyson after it was decided that the Post would go weekly while the Mail would move to overnight printing.

Dave, who had been editor of sister daily the Coventry Telegraph, then took as editor of the Mail and editor-in-chief of all three titles.

As well as launching TheBusinessDesk.com West Midlands he also founded his own public affairs consultancy, RJF, with business partner Kevin Johnson.

Said Marc: “There are few roles that would have tempted me away from RJF – but the opportunity to develop Trinity’s Mirror’s regional titles, to build on the digital strategy and secure even stronger stakeholder relationships was too much to resist.

“I remain firmly committed to the vision and principles on which Kevin and I established RJF. The last two years has started to prove the need for a dedicated, specialist public affairs and political communications firm strongly based in the city region.

“We have only just started, but I know I leave the company in Kevin’s very capable hands as he takes it through the next phase of development.”

7 Comments

  1. Spanner

    A daily re launch of the Post then – hoorah

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  2. Spanner

    Does that mean all those who became persona non grata under Sly and Georgie are welcome back ?

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  3. Enough Is Enough, Coventry

    That’ll put at least one nose out of joint. Does this mean we can expect our rightful editor back then? God knows we need him.

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  4. Paul

    Probably worth keeping an eye on the amount of coverage his (former?) PR clients get in his papers.

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  5. Confused

    I think anyone who knows Marc Reeves will know that Paul’s suggestion is very wide of the mark.A man of absolute integrity.

    And god knows what Enough is Enough is on about. As a Sky Blues fan, I’ve never known the paper more in tune with what fans are thinking. A proper Coventry paper again

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  6. Enough Is Enough, Coventry

    Confused by name…….

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  7. Enough Is Enough, Coventry

    You boys and your football obsession. Admittedly there is more of it in the paper but don’t forget the club is gifting us a story on a plate every five minutes.
    “A proper Coventry paper again”? Now you really are living up to your name.

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