Sarah-Jane Smith became the third regional daily editor to quit her job in the space of four days after it was announced she was standing down as boss of the Shropshire Star.
After 32 years with the company and ten as editor, Sarah-Jane reportedly left the newsroom in tears on Friday afternoon after announcing the news to staff.
Sarah-Jane has been swiftly replaced by Keith Harrison, deputy editor of the Star’s sister title the Express and Star. Jon Simcock continues as deputy editor.
A statement issued by Shropshire Star publisher the Midland News Association said Sarah-Jane had decided to stand down after ten years to pursue other interests.
Said Sarah-Jane: “It has been a privilege to work for the MNA in so many roles during my 32 years with the company. I will certainly miss my team, of whom I have always been immensely proud, but I am delighted to wish the company every deserved success in the future.”
Douglas Graham, chairman of the MNA’s parent compnay Claverley Group, said that during her period as editor she had overseen many changes and made a considerable contribution to the newspaper’s success, and that the company wished her well for the future.
The statement added that Keith had been appointed editor of the Shropshire Star and Shropshire Weekly Newspapers with immediate effect.
Sarah-Jane joined the MNA in 1979 as a trainee, working firstly for Shropshire Weekly Newspapers, then at the Express & Star before becoming editor of the Shropshire Star.
The MNA is currently seeking to reduce its 900-strong workforce by up to 10pc, with compulsory redundancies likely.