A regional daily editor has quit his job to be nearer his family after announcing five redundancies at his paper.
However his famly remained in the Southampton area and Dave has now decided to relocate back to the South Coast.
One of his last acts as editor was to conclude a consultation on a proposal for five editorial redundancies in Swindon – three copytakers, a librarian and a photographic technician. Each of the staff affected will leave on Friday.
Dave spoke of his decision in an interview with Swindon LInk, a local community news website.
He said: “I’m really sorry to be leaving Swindon because it is a terrific town with wonderful people. I have made many friends here.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed editing the Swindon Advertiser and was privileged to work with a very talented team of journalists. But equally, I’m very excited about my own future.”
The new Advertiser editor is understood to be Gary Lawrence, currently editor of Newsquest’s Wiltshire weekly titles, who has assumed the role of group editor for Newsquest Wiltshire.
The change comes at a time of considerable upheaval for the paper, with the production operation moving to the newly-created subbing hub at Oxford, 30 miles away.
But in his interview Dave said speculation that the Advertiser would eventually become a bi-weekly or weekly title was “wide of the mark.”
He said: “I can assure you that at this moment in time there are absolutely no plans for the Adver to go weekly. In fact, with the newspaper and website it’s not so straightforward to turn a daily newspaper into a weekly because of the loss of circulation and advertising revenues.
“Yes, trading is tough for the Adver, as it is for most of the media, but in April the Adver was the best performing of all of the Newsquest daily titles in terms of newspaper sales, and we had more than two million page impressions on our website for April.”
The five redundancies were announced in a memo to staff last Friday, Dave’s last day in the office.
“After careful consideration through consultations with those whose roles were at risk of redundancy, I have decided to go ahead with the proposal,” he said.
“It is extremely regretful that these difficult decisions have had to be made during very tough trading conditions.”
Gary is expected to begin his new role on Monday 13 June.