A journalist of 21 years has quit his job as the deputy editor of a daily newspaper after nine years with the title.
He joined the newspaper as assistant news editor in 2003 and also worked as content editor before being made deputy two years ago.
After starting out on his hometown paper, the Oldham Evening Chronicle, he went on to work at the Nottingham Evening Post, Manchester Evening News and the Press & Journal in Aberdeen before joining Hull.
Said Paul: “I’m leaving to start my own business using the skills and experience I have amassed over 21 years in local newspapers.
“The time is right for a new challenge and it’s one I’m very excited about. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and at the age of 43 it’s time to take the plunge.
“Among other things, I will be looking to pass on my expertise to fellow journalists and students aiming to enter the industry.”
Paul declined to give any further details about his business plans, saying he was still ‘fine-tuning” them.
During his career Paul led the team which pioneered the introduction of video journalism in regional newspapers.
The project was joint winner of the Publishing Innovation of the Year Award at The Regional Press Awards in 2007.
He also played a leading role in the development of the Mail’s print and digital portfoio.
He added: “It has been a tough decision to leave the Hull Daily Mail and Northcliffe, but I’m ready to take my career in a different direction.
“I’ve had a fantastic career on some of the best regional newspapers in the country and feel very privileged to have worked with so many talented colleagues and friends.
“It’s been a pleasure to work for the Hull Daily Mail and Northcliffe and I wish everyone in the group the very best for the future.”