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Western Daily Press editor resigns

Western Daily Press editor Terry Manners is the latest senior figure to depart from Northcliffe Newspapers.

He has resigned with immediate effect, it was announced today.

Andy Wright, deputy editor of the Derby Evening Telegraph, is appointed editor of the Western Daily Press with effect from Monday.

It is the latest in a number of changes to the Bristol operation, which includes the Evening Post as well as the Western Daily Press.

Post editor Mike Lowe left in June, after nine years in charge, to be replaced by Mike Norton, who was appointed editor-in-chief of the two newspapers, with Terry reporting to him. Mike’s deputy, Stan Szecowka left shortly afterwards, after being in post for five years.

Terry was associate editor of the Press Association before he took up the editorship in Bristol in May 2001, succeeding Ian Beales.

Before that he enjoyed a long career in Fleet Street. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Express Newspapers in Scotland and assistant editor of the paper in London.

He was also night editor of the title for five years and served on the back bench of the Sunday Express for Sir John Junor and Robin Esser.

Andy entered journalism as a trainee reporter with Bridgnorth Journal.

He joined the Shropshire Star as general reporter, becoming chief reporter, assistant news editor, news editor and editor. He joined the Derby Evening Telegraph as news editor and then promoted to deputy editor under Mike Norton.

Northcliffe Newspapers managing diretor Michael Pelosi said in a memo to staff: “We are grateful to Terry for all that he has done for the newspaper and wish him every success in the future.

“I trust you will join with me in wishing Andy success in taking forward this regional title.”