The move marks a return to newspapers for Keith who was editor of the South Wales Echo from 1993-97 and the Derby Evening Telegraph from 1997-2001.
For the past eight years he has been a key figure in Northcliffe’s digital operation, first as editor and MD of Northcliffe Electronic Publishing and latterly as the company’s digital development director.
Northcliffe managing director Michael Pelosi said today: “I am pleased to announce that Keith Perch will become the acting editor of the Leicester Mercury Media Group with effect from Monday 9 February 2009.
“Keith was the editor of two significant daily newspapers before he focused his career, several years ago, on digital for A&N Media.
“We welcome his return to newspaper editing and I know you will join with me in wishing him every success.”
Keith first joined Northcliffe as a trainee reporter at the Grimsby Evening Telegraph in 1978 and has also worked at the Hull Daily Mail and Birmingham Evening Mail.