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Editor bows out as restructure puts seven jobs at risk

A weekly editor in Cheshire is bowing out of journalism after 40 years after a management restructure placed his job at risk of redundancy.

Eric Langton, editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirrror’s weekly titles in the county, has decided to retire in the wake of the changes which will see his role diasappear.

Six other roles are affected by the restructure, which was announced last week by Trinity’s North West and North Wales division.

It involves the creation of a single publishing unit for the group’s titles in Cheshire and North Wales, which will be headed by North Wales Daily Post editor Rob Irvine.

As Cheshire editor-in-chief, Eric was previously responsible for the Chester Chronicle, Ellesmere Port Pioneer and Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News.

The Chester and Ellesmere Port titles will now come under Rob, while Liverpool Echo editor Alastair Machray will assume responsibility for the Runcorn title.

In the course of his 40 years in journalism, Eric has worked as a reporter, news editor, sub editor and since the 1990s as an editor.

After writing countless headlines, he himself recently made the news after fighting off bowel cancer.

He said: “I have had a wonderful time in journalism spanning the last 40 years and I have thoroughly enjoyed leading what I believe to be the best weekly newspaper group in Britain for the last 12 years.”

“Our titles are the top five in the country in circulation terms, which is something I am very proud of, especially my colleagues who produce quality newspapers week on week to an exceptional standard.”

“I am looking forward to my retirement and will now be able to join the thousands of happy Weekly News readers who enjoy their local newspaper week to week.”

He added: “I am particularly grateful to colleagues and friends who supported me throughout my illness.”

Warren Butcher, managing director of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales, said: “The restructure of our management, commercial and editorial teams is vital to ensure the development of our multimedia publishing business across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

“As  a  result  of  this restructure Eric Langton, Editor in Chief,  Cheshire,  has  decided  to  leave  the  business  to  pursue fresh opportunities.

“In his time   as  editor  he  has  successfully  battled  serious  illness  whilst developing a range of multi-award-winning titles.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish Eric success and happiness in future and to thank him for a huge and remarkable contribution to many of Trinity Mirror’s Regional Newspapers.”

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  • June 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I’m sure Eric will be more than happy to take retirement (not all would have that option) but it’s still another example of years of experience being forced out just to accommodate re-structuring.

    I’d put my mortgage on those papers’ circulation figures not being in the top five a few months after the re-organisation taking place.

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