The longest-serving daily editor in Northcliffe Media has announced his retirement after 26 years of running newspapers.
Spencer Feeney, editor of the Swansea-based South Wales Evening Post for the past decade, will become the ninth senior Northcliffe editor to leave the business in the past year.
He has spent 30 years with the publishing group and before moving to Swansea, he was editor of The Citizen, Gloucester, for seven years, and before that the weekly Llanelli Star.
Spencer, pictured, is also currently editor in chief of South West Wales Media, with overall editorial responsibility for the Star and the Carmarthen Journal as well as the Post. He will leave on 28 September.
Said Spencer: “I am 62 this year, and after ten years as Post editor it simply feels like the right time for me to call it a day.
“I know I am going to miss the excitement of seeing the paper coming together every day, but I won’t miss waking up at 2am with second thoughts about that headline or court snatch pic.
“I’ve been working on regional newspapers since I left school in 1969, so retirement is going to be a strange experience.
“But I am sure that it is the right time for me to stand aside and let somebody else enjoy the fun of a great job.”
Rich Mead, Executive Director, Northcliffe Media said: “Spencer is a first-class journalist and has made a massive contribution to all our titles in South Wales.
“He played a major role in creating “Wales’ largest selling newspaper” after overtaking Trinity Mirror’s Cardiff-based titles the Western Mail and South Wales Echo to become the largest-selling regional newspaper in Wales. I wish him well for his retirement.”
A former member of the Press Complaints Commission, Spencer was one of the regional editors asked to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
Other senior Northcliffe editors to leave in the past year include Jon Grubb (Lincolnshire Echo), John Meehan (Hull Daily Mail), Keith Perch (Leicester Mercury), Marc Astley (Exeter Express & Echo), Andy Cooper (Cornwall and Devon Media), Malcolm Pheby (Nottingham Post) Alan Qualtrough (Western Morning News) and Sam Holliday (Bath Chronicle.)