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Paul Kearney is to step down as managing director of the Derby Telegraph at the end of the month.
He joined Northcliffe as one of the senior executives in group advertising before transferring to the Leicester Mercury as deputy managing director. In 1992, he left Northcliffe to join the then independent Bristol United Press plc as managing director, and was also MD of Northcliffe’s South East weekly division before taking up his current position in 2004
Joanne Glynn, who is advertisement director of the Leicester Mercury, will succeed him.

The Whitby Gazette has hosted its first ever Pride of Whitby Awards.
The event, the brainchild of advertising and editorial staff, saw local businesses team up with the newspaper to sponsor seven awards for the community, and is expected to raise £2,500 for local charities.
Finalists in all the categories were featured in an eight page in-paper supplement.
Editor Damian Holmes said: “Newspapers are often criticised for carrying too much bad news, so it was nice to be able to do something so positive.”

Films that celebrate the joy of eating are being combined with some of the West Country’s finest food in Screen Bites, Dorset’s food film festival – the brainchild of Fanny Charles, editor in chief of Trinity Mirror Southern’s Blackmore Vale Publishing titles.
The festival started in 2005 in conjunction with Dorset Food Week, and this year has been expanded to 13 events, in arts centres and village halls across Dorset, spread over three weeks in October.
Fanny said: “The idea is for everyone to have a good time – delicious food and wine to taste, interesting documentaries, and great feature films.”

Oxford Mail readers have helped the Oxford Children’s Hospital Campaign to raise £2.5m, with the hospital’s January opening just months away.
Together with corporate sponsors and major donors, some £12.6m has been raised, with £2.4m left to reach the target figure.

Representatives from Bedfordshire’s Irish community held their first meeting together to meet the chief executive of the Irish Post, David O’Sullivan, and its editor, John Myles.
The event, in Luton, was thought to be the first time in this country that all Irish groups had been brought together under the same roof, the evening being organised by the paper’s Luton photographer Roy Bushby.

Editorial staff from the Cambs Times did their bit for Macmillan Cancer Support by staging their own coffee morning at their March office.
By noon – when the final cups and saucers had been cleared – and the last of the cake devoured, the team of five who organised the event were able to hand over £512.58 to the charity.

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