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Tim Bowdler, chief executive of Johnston Press, has been appointed chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, the body that funds the Press Complaints Commission.
He succeeds Philip Graf who stepped down following his appointment as deputy chairman of media regulator Ofcom.


Archant Norfolk is joining forces with other businesses in Norwich to help homeless people escape the poverty trap and make new lives for themselves.
The Business Action on Homelessness programme encourages firms to volunteer staff to coach homeless people in CV writing skills and interview techniques. It also offer unpaid job placements so people have work experience which may also lead to employment opportunities.


Trinity Mirror has signed up to an e-vouchering system for print advertisers, which is already used by other regional newspaper groups.
“E-vouchering”, or “online verification”, provides electronic proof of advertising, rather than sending out hard copy newspapers and paperwork.


The Duchess of Cornwall has shown her support for the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald’s fundraising campaign for Springboard, a special needs pre-school.
She told guests at her visit to the centre: “I’m so impressed with the Gazette’s hard work and dedication with the appeal.”
The appeal has been running for a year and has so far raised £26,000. The centre needs £80,000 each year to run but only gets half of that from grants.


The Norwich Evening News Press Ball has raised £11,000 for a late bus service which gets revellers home safely.
The service was set up after two men died returning home from nights out in the city when they fell into the river.


A journalist and committed trades unionist, who started his career at the Huddersfield Examiner, has died, aged 95.
Gilbert Lawton joined the Communist Party in 1930 and was on the staff of the Daily Worker, before joining the Yorkshire Evening Post in Leeds as a sub-editor on his return from service in the war. He left the paper in 1975 but continued as the crossword compiler for a further 27 years.


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