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Former editor calls time on 42-year career

A former local press editor has called time on his 42-year career in journalism.

Paul Mortimer, left, who most recently was chief sub-editor with the Bucks Free Press, spent the majority of his career in the Midlands where he was editor of the Staffordshire Newsletter.

After recently turning 60, he said it was time to move and planned to develop the publishing venture he had been running with his wife during recent years.

He said: “It seemed like a good time to make the break. It’s been a great career, all that I could have wished for.

“I was working with hot metal production on the papers in Wolverhampton and Birmingham and have made the whole technological journey right through to online news production.

“I know newspapers are going through some seismic convulsions just now but they’ll survive for a few more years yet.

“However, it’s time for me to do other things and relax a little.”

Paul started as a trainee reporter on the Staffordshire Advertiser in 1967 and then went on to work on the sports desks West Midlands titles the Express and Star and Birmingham Mail between 1972 and 1982.

He joined Lionel Pickering’s Trader Group Newspapers as production editor and editor of the Tamworth paper before joining the Staffordshire Newsletter in the early 90s, becoming editor in 1996.

In 2003 he took over the editor’s chair at the Richmond and Twickenham Times and, following redundancy, he has spent the last couple of years with the Bucks Free Press.


anotheronebitesthedust (29/06/2009 08:56:58)