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Regional editor who went on to Fleet St bows out

A former regional morning daily editor who went on to enjoy a notable career in Fleet Street is to retire.

Brian MacArthur was editor of the Western Morning News in the early 1980s when he was picked by Eddy Shah to edit his new national daily Today.

Although Today eventually foundered, Brian went on to become an associate editor of The Times and more recently assistant editor, books, on the Daily Telegraph, in charge of serialisations as well as literary coverage.

Brian himself wrote several books about his time in Fleet Street, including Eddy Shah, Today and the Fleet Street Revolution.

Before becoming editor of the WMN he had been a deputy editor of the Sunday Times and was also the launch editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement.