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New editor appointed to lead Yorkshire title

A weekly newspaper editor is moving on after seven years to take the helm at another title in a neighbouring county.

Adrian Braddy, 32, has left the Teesdale Mercury and Wear Valley Mercury in County Durham to take the editor’s chair at the Craven Herald in North Yorkshire.

He was appointed editor at the independently-owned Mercury titles in 2004 after previously holding the deputy’s role there and has spent more than a decade as a regional press journalist.

Adrian replaces Peter Greenwood who retired from the Newsquest-owned Herald last year after three years in the chair.

He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead such a prestigious title and I look forward to building on the Herald’s proud tradition of campaigning community journalism.

“This is a beautiful and diverse area and a terrific place to work. I am aiming to work closely with the Craven community and get under the skin of local issues.”

Originally from Teesside, Adrian enjoyed two separate stints at the Galloway Gazette in South West Scotland before joining the Mercury.

He also worked as council and politics reporter at the Hartlepool Mail during Peter Mandelson’s time as the town’s MP.

He joined the Teesdale Mercury seven-and-a-half years ago as deputy editor and swiftly promoted to editor before launching the Wear Valley sister title.

Adrian’s replacement at the Mercury is Trevor Brookes.


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  • March 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I am so sick of people using the knee-jerk word ‘diverse’. The word used to simply mean variety but now it is employed as a nod towards ethnic groups and really means ‘diversity’ can only ever be something super positive. Why ? In reality, being too ‘diverse’ has become a rod for this country’s back. Rant over. I wish Mr Braddy well in his new post.

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  • March 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I doubt Mr Braddy was using the word diverse as a nod towards ethnic diversity, as Craven is one of the least ethnically diverse places in the country (98.3 per cent white at the the last census) What he probably meant is that the patch is about 50 miles across so you get a wide range of stories. Which isn’t entirely true. Good luck to him though, Skipton’s a lovely place. (The Craven Herald is based in Skipton, not that you’d know from the article.)

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