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Advertiser names its man

Mark Waldron is to become the new editor of the Swindon Evening Advertiser.

Currently deputy editor of the South Wales Echo in Cardiff, he will succeed Simon O’Neill, who left to become editor of the Oxford Mail in February.

The new appointment will be Mark’s first official editorship, after previously being acting editor at the Echo in 2001 before Alastair Milburn was appointed.

Mark (pictured) said: “I’m very excited and am very much looking forward to it.

“Being editor is something that I’ve been working towards for a few years and I’m delighted that it has finally paid-off.

“The Evening Advertiser is an excellent paper and I hope that I can bring some ideas that will take the paper forward and improve on it further.”

The move will see Mark return to the county where he was born – although he moved from Wiltshire shortly afterwards, and currently lives near Abergavenny.

The 37-year-old began his career as a junior reporter at the Aldershot News in 1987, before moving to the Hull Daily Mail.

He has been at the South Wales Echo for the past ten years, starting out as district news editor and then moving on to the main newsdesk before being appointed assistant editor and then deputy editor two years ago.

  • Simon O’Neill became editor of the Oxford Mail in February following the retirement of Jim McClure. In addition to becoming editor of the Mail and the free Oxford Star, he also assumed the new position of group editor of Newsquest Oxfordshire.

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