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From work experience to editor in six years

Wiltshire Times news editor Holly Robinson is to take on her first editorship just six years after joining the paper on work experience.

Holly, (pictured), has been appointed editor of the two-edition Bridport & Lyme Regis News and will join the weekly paper on August 31.

She will succeed Margery Hookings, who has been appointed head of communications at North Dorset Primary Care Trust.

Both the Wiltshire Times and the Bridport & Lyme Regis News are owned by Newsquest.

Holly, (28), has worked at the Wiltshire Times – which covers her home town of Chippenham – since 1998.

After a two-week work experience placement she was taken on as a trainee, attending the group’s 15-week block release course at Darlington College, and passing her NCE in 2000.

She has been chief reporter/news editor since 2001.

Holly said: “I have been at the Wiltshire Times for six years and have had a fantastic time, but I am now looking forward to the challenge of a new role.

“Both the Bridport News and Lyme Regis News are strong titles in the areas they serve and I am delighted to be joining the team to help keep up the good work.”

David Murdock, editor-in-chief of Newsquest’s Weymouth and Bridport titles, said: “We had some excellent applications for the post of editor but Holly stood out from among the other candidates.

“We’re delighted to welcome her to Dorset and believe she will do a very good job.”

  • The Bridport News and the Lyme Regis News are both paid-for weeklies and have a combined circulation of 10,983 (ABC June to December 2003).

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