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New editor named for Western Daily Press

A weekly newspaper editor in the West Country is stepping up to be the new boss of one of its sister daily titles, it was announced today.

Tim Dixon is to take charge of the Bristol-based Western Daily Press following the retirement of Andy Wright.

Tim is currently editor of fellow Northcliffe Media title the Western Gazette, based in Yeovil.

As reported on Monday, Northcliffe has announced it is merging the production and content desks of the Daily Press with fellow West Country daily the Western Morning News under editor-in-chief Alan Qualtrough.

Northcliffe Media managing director Michael Pelosi said: “Following Andy Wright’s decision to retire, I am delighted to announce that Tim Dixon has been appointed as editor of the Western Daily Press.

“Tim will formally take up his new role to coincide with Andy’s retirement on 12 April 2010.

“I am sure you will join me in wishing Tim every success in this challenging role.

“Finally, I take this opportunity to thank Andy for his valued contribution during his 12-year career at Northcliffe and to wish him an enjoyable retirement.”

Tim, 48, has edited the Western Gazette since 2006 after joining the paper from the Express and Echo, Exeter, where he was deputy editor.

He originally joined Northcliffe in 1990 as deputy editor of the Exeter Leader, and became sports editor of the Express and Echo later that year.

He moved to the Leicester Mercury as a sub-editor in 1992, and became design editor of the Nottingham Evening Post in 1995 before returning to the West Country as deputy editor of the Express and Echo in 1998.

Married with two teenage sons, he lives in Honiton, East Devon.


Out of the loop (12/03/2010 14:51:43)
Thank you HTFP for keeping us informed! Our first port of call for information on the WDP.

Chris Youett, Esq, (15/03/2010 15:41:16)
Congrats to Tim – but could he care to comment on why the post was not advertised? Can you immagine the outrage if the local council appointed anyone in its PR department on the QT.
Had the job been advertised, I would certainly have applied as I have more experience of successfully editing titles than most of current lot of editors

Dave M (16/03/2010 12:03:19)
Beside the point. They couldn’t have done better than Tim.

Beano Bob, St.Neot’s (16/03/2010 16:11:27)