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Northcliffe editor to bow out after 43-year career

A weekly editor in the West Country is to retire next summer after a 43-year career in local journalism.

Philip Welch, left, has spent the past 15 years as editor of Northcliffe’s Wells-based publications, most recently the Mid Somerset Series and Somerset Standard.

During his career he has also worked on the Bath Evening Chronicle, Western Daily Press and Bristol Evening Post, as well as newspapers in Merseyside, Oxford, London, Kent and Milton Keynes.

He will celebrate his 65th birthday next March and will retire on 17 May.

Said Philip: “I feel privileged to serve as editor here and my commitment, belief and enthusiasm for our business remains undimmed.

“However, as my 65th birthday in March approaches, I think it is time to seek my successor as editor.”

Managing director Sarah Pullen added: “Philip has been truly dedicated to the Mid Somerset Series and the community over the past 15 years.

“One of his many attributes is a strong understanding of his audience which is demonstrated in the newspaper sales success over the years.  I would like to personally thank Philip for his support during my time working with him and I wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Philip’s last day as editor will be May 17, 2013 but he will continue to work with the team in an ambassadorial role for two days a week until the end of 2013.

The company said the process to appoint a successor will begin immediately.


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  • December 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

    There is a light at the end of the tunnel – and in Phil’s case its not a train called Local World coming the other way.

    Nice to hear of someone making it all the way.

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  • December 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    43 years in local journalism?
    You get less for murder!

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