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Paul Connolly has been appointed group managing editor with Belfast Telegraph publisher Independent News & Media (NI).

Paul commenced his employment with the Telegraph as a journalist in 1996 and was later promoted to news editor in l998 and then deputy editor eight years later.

In his new role, his responsibilities will include editorial financial budgets and targets for the Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life and Community Telegraph titles.

North-West media website is running its awards scheme again after the success of this year’s inaugural event.

Among the winners were the Manchester Evening News and Stockport Express, crowned best daily and weekly newspapers respectively. The 2009 awards ceremony will be held at Old Trafford football ground on 30 April.

The executive who spearheaded the now-shelved BBC plans for online local video news has been appointed controller of English regions.
Currently deputy controller, David Holdsworth will begin work immediately after fulfilling an acting role since September.

Former journalist and Korean War veteran Jack Pleasant has died aged 76 after suffering from cancer. He was in the Royal Navy for 12 years and later became a reporter, working for the Reveille newspaper, before it ceased publication in the early 1980s.

Jack then turned to freelance work and set up his own company called Pilgrim International. He lived in Peasmarsh, East Sussex – a full tribute can be read on the Rye and Battle Observer website.

Newspaper publishers Trinity Mirror and Johnston Press have dropped out of the FTSE 250.

The index contains the 250 biggest companies immediately below the FTSE 100. The fall was based on their respective closing prices on Tuesday night.