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North Wales Newspapers is to revamp its editorial coastal operation involving three weekly free titles with a combined circulation of 114,000 copies.

The editorial control and design of the North Wales Chronicle, North Wales Pioneer and Rhyl Journal will be housed at a regional centre in Colwyn Bay.

The move sees Rhyl Journal editor Steve Rogers promoted to a new role as coastal editor and North Wales Chronicle editor Emlyn Roberts promoted to associate coastal editor with responsibilities for all three titles.

Emlyn was previously news editor and deputy editor of the company’s flagship Evening Leader at Wrexham.

Steve previously edited the North Wales Pioneer and was assistant news editor on the Evening Leader.

The changes see North Wales Pioneer editor Phil Williams standing down to take on a role within the coastal design team after editing the Pioneer for seven years.

NWN’s editor in chief of weekly titles Graham Breeze (right) described the moves as “an exciting stage in the development of the three titles”.

He said: “Our coastal titles have made huge strides over the last five years in terms of editorial coverage, appearance and profitability.

“It’s now time to take these titles even further forward and offer a brighter and better service to our loyal readers and advertisers.

“Centralising the operation allows us to be far more flexible in our approach.

“I have always advocated against central subbing and it would not be something I would consider for the other titles in the group.

“It simply suits the needs of the business along the North Wales coast. Combining a team of our more experienced editorial staff can only benefit the products.

“The moves also create a firm succession plan for our dedicated staff.”

Three new deputy editor positions have been announced as part of the changes.

Diane Ashton at the Rhyl Journal, Helen Speddy at the North Wales Chronicle and James Bailey at the North Wales Pioneer are taking on the new roles.

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