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New editor for Yorkshire titles

Graeme Huston has been appointed editor-in-chief of South Yorkshire Newspapers.

Previously deputy editor at the Edinburgh Evening News, his new role sees him take responsibility for 14 titles, including the Doncaster Free Press.

Graeme, (39), said: “It’s great – very different.

“I’ve come from one of the best evenings in the country and this is a much broader role, but at the moment I am enjoying a refreshing change of pace.”

Originally from Durham, Graeme (pictured) began his career as a reporter on the Folkestone Herald in Kent.

He also worked for the Hartlepool Mail, Sunderland Echo and Sunday Sun in Newcastle, as well as now-defunct national newspaper Today, before joining the Evening News nine years ago.

Now he is looking forward to making his mark in South Yorkshire, where in addition to the Free Press he is responsible for titles such as the South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells and Goole & Thorne Courier.

Graeme said: “I’m hoping to move the titles on and modernise them. In terms of appearance some of them are out of place at the moment.

“All of them need attention. At the News there was just one paper to worry about and concentrate on, but here the different titles all have their own issues, problems, strengths and weaknesses.”

Graeme succeeds Merrill Diplock, who left the paper last year to set up her own press and publicity consultancy business.

  • The Doncaster Free Press is the 14th biggest selling weekly paper in the country, with a circulation of 37,756 (ABC July-Dec 2004)