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North Wales rings the changes

Senior editorial changes are in the pipeline at two of North Wales Newspapers’ leading weekly titles.

Iian St John, editor of the Powys County Times, which was recently highly commended in the Welsh BT Media Awards, is leaving on an around-the-world break.

His former deputy Martin Wright, currently editor of sister title the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertiser, is to take the hot seat at the County Times.

At 24, Martin was the company’s youngest-ever editor when appointed 18 months ago. He had joined the company as a trainee.

His position at the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertiser goes to Susan Perry, currently deputy editor on the County Times. She will be the first female editor in the title’s 153-year-old history.

Both Martin and Susan are products of the company’s NVQ programme.

Editor-in-chief Graham Breeze said, “Both are proof of the success of the company’s in-house policy for journalism training and the NVQ system.

“Both face different challenges in their new roles but I am confident they will achieve their key targets for increasing sales.”

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