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Star editor on the move

The editor of the Llanelli Star is moving to the paper’s sister daily publication.

Robert Lloyd is to take up the position of deputy editor at the South Wales Evening Post at the end of October.

The move will see Robert return to the paper he worked at before spending nearly 12 years in the editor’s chair at the Star.

Robert, (43), said: “I will be sad to leave a paper which holds so many memories, but the challenge of working for a larger daily newspaper is one to be relished.”

After joining the Star as deputy editor in January 1989, Robert (pictured) was appointed editor in April 1991. He has also served as a director of South West Wales Publications Ltd – the parent company of the Star.

The new job will reunite Robert with his former editor at the Llanelli Star, Spencer Feeney, who takes control of the Evening Post when current editor George Edwards retires on October 10.

Robert said: “It has been an interesting period of change for the Star.

“I started under Spencer Feeney at a time when the paper was undergoing the changeover to tabloid format.

“We went from a broadsheet to a tabloid in 1989 and then from a tabloid with about 44 to 48 pages, to 100-plus pages.

“It has been a great effort and all down to the staff – they are the key to it and are a major factor in what has been done.

“We have always tried to set the trend for technological change. We were the first in Wales to take on full-page make-up on screen and set the trend for digital photography.

“It has been a privilege to sit in the editor’s chair and a joy to receive the whole-hearted support of a professional team who produce newspapers which continue to improve in size and quality year by year.”

Robert’s career began at the Carmarthen Journal before he moved to the South Wales Evening Post. During his previous stints at the daily paper, Robert worked on the news and sports desk as well as being a sub-editor and deputy sports editor.

An announcement on his replacement at the Llanelli Star is expected to be made shortly.

Click here to read about the appointment of Spencer Feeney.

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