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Chris Bullivant junior has become managing director of family-owned Observer Standard Newspapers, succeeding his mother Pat.
The 35-year-old has previously held various roles within the company, which publishes titles such as the Worcester Standard, Bromsgrove Standard and Stratford Observer.
Pat will remain as a director and her husband, Chris Bullivant senior, is chairman.
The husband and wife team launched Britain’s first free newspaper, The Banbury Focus, in 1970.

Photographer Marc Aspland, of The Times, has been named the winner of the first heat of an FA Cup competition run by Carlsberg.
His photograph of West Ham and Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, looking perplexed in the torrential rain as West Ham took on Brighton at Upton Park, was chosen as the best from the third round section of the tournament.
Press photographers are being invited to submit pictures from any FA Cup tie from the third round onwards.
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Sarah Lewis, environment co-ordinator at The Argus, in Brighton, has got Sussex off to a green start with an inspiring cut-out-and-keep Eco Calendar.
Printed as a full-colour spread in the paper’s Weekend supplement, it asks readers to do anything from start a wormery and turn off lights to helpful suggestions on recycling old furniture.

A dozen cats and dogs have found new homes after Archant’s Weston & Somerset Mercury pictured them all on their front page.
The paper’s Christmas cover was devoted to The 12 Strays of Christmas with pictures of long-stay RSPCA animals.
Mercury editor Judi Kisiel said: “I thought we would home some of the animals when even some of the more hard-nosed members of staff sighed a big ‘Ahhh..’ when I laid out the page. But the reaction was staggering and we sold lots of papers.”

The Bromsgrove and Droitwich Advertisers’ ‘Give a Can a Home’ appeal has helped five local animal charities.
Before Christmas, readers were asked to contribute cans and packets of food, as well as toys, and a record amount was received to help feed animals waiting for a new home.