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Yorkshire deputy steps up to group editor role

A regional daily deputy editor has been appointed to a new dual role as editor of one weekly title and group editor of a series of others.

Nicola Megson, deputy editor of the Johnston Press-owned Yorkshire Evening Post is to become the new editor of the Derbyshire Times.

In addition, Nicola is taking on the newly-created role of group editor of JP subsidiaries Wilfred Edmunds Limited, based in Chesterfield, and North Notts Newspapers in Mansfield.

In this capacity she will have editorial oversight of a series of other weekly titles including the Mansfield Chad, Hucknall Dispatch, Buxton Advertiser, Matlock Mercury, Ilkeston Advertiser, Belper News and Ripley & Heanor News.

Nicola’s appointment was announced to staff last week and has now been officially confirmed by JP. She will take up her new role at the end of August.

The creation of the group editor role follows the retirement of former Derbyshire Times editor Mike Wilson in April, who had been with the newspaper for 24 years.

Nicola began her career in journalism in 1986 on her hometown paper, the Brighouse Echo, before moving first to the Halifax Courier and then the Yorkshire Post.

As chief reporter on the YP, she was one of the four-person reporting team involved in breaking the 1997 Donnygate corruption scandal, involving Doncaster Council, after a six-month investigation which later won several industry awards.


Martin Edmunds (13/07/2010 11:07:57)
I couldn’t have happened to a better and nicer person. Well done, Nichola. They could not wish for a more insightful and inspirational leader at the DT and other titles

Bob Carolgees (16/07/2010 13:13:05)
A step up? Are you lot taking the proverbial? With JP wages she might be on 20k a year now! Well done Nicola for staying loyal to such a deserving waste-of-space company!