He will take up his new role on 8 May.
Said Mel: “I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed editor of the Nottingham Post. It is an incredible opportunity and I am looking forward immensely to working with and developing the talented editorial team at the newspaper.
“Retiring editor Malcolm Pheby has made a huge impact at the Post and is a very tough act to follow, but I am relishing the challenge.
“It will be a wrench to leave the team in Scunthorpe who have achieved so much in the past year, but opportunities like this do not come along very often.
Steve Hollingsworth, Nottingham Post publisher added: “I am delighted to welcome Mel to the Nottingham business. Mel is an editor of the highest calibre who will be bringing a wealth of experience to the editorial team at the Nottingham Post.
“He has an enormous amount to offer both the paper and the wider community. I’m looking forward to working closely with Mel in his new role.”
Mel began his career at the Pontefract and Castleford Express and prior to his current role was deputy editor at the Hull Daily Mail from 1999-2008.