His role goes to Terry Hunt who will combine it with his existing post as editor of the East Anglian Daily Times while also overseeing weekly titles in the county.
The company said Peter had decided to leave the business after three years as EDP editor, while Evening News boss Tim Williams is taking up a new post as development editor – leading new product development and providing support across Anglia.
Peter was deputy editor of the EDP from September 2006 before being promoted to editor on the retirement of Peter Franzen in July 2009, having previously worked on the title from 1994 to 2001.
He was responsible for the editorial implementation of its change from broadsheet, the launch of the first Saturday magazine in the regional press and the launch of the EDP Norfolk glossy magazine.
His replacement by Nigel comes days after it emerged that the last set of ABC circulation figures for the EDP and other Archant Norfolk titles had been falsified, although the company insists the two events are not connected.
Archant Anglia’s circulation director Don Williamson, who had been due to retire this week, was subsequently dismissed over the affair and the latest figures covering the first six months of 2012 are due to be published at noon today.
Announcing Nigel’s appointment, Archant Anglia managing director Johnny Hustler said: “Nigel has been a legend in Ipswich, and will be greatly missed by the whole community – but it is a fantastic opportunity for him to take on a new role and repeat the success that he has had in Suffolk.”
“During his tenure on The Star the title has won consistent acclaim from the media world picking up 20 coveted Newspaper of the Year awards in 16 years for its strong campaigning stance, editorial quality and support of its local communities.
Said Nigel: “The Eastern Daily Press is one of the UK’s most prestigious and respected newspapers and I am delighted to take the helm and ensure that it continues to play an important role in the lives of its readers and advertisers.
“News is consumed in many different ways today and the EDP has been at the forefront of changes to capitalise on this and will continue to be so.
“My job is to ensure the EDP and Evening News are able to change to meet the demands of 2012 and beyond, but always to remember and serve the great communities which link Norfolk together so wonderfully.
“The Evening News does a fantastic job for the city of Norwich and its fine campaigning tradition is respected across the regional press.”
Terry, who is currently the UK’s longest-serving daily editor on a single title, previously edited the Star befoer moving to the EADT in 1995.
Said Johnny: “Terry is no stranger to The Star. He has edited it in the past, and already manages much of the team that contribute to its content. I am confident it will remain in safe hands and continue its work as a fearless campaigner on behalf of the town.”
He added: “Our world is evolving rapidly. Side by side with our newspapers, new digital platforms and the social media give both us and our customers myriad new opportunities to interact together – and communities increasingly want their own voices heard.
“It is sad that Peter Waters is leaving us and we are thankful for the important work that he has done. I am pleased that Tim Williams will be leading new product development and providing senior editorial management support across Anglia.
“He has played an important role in making sure the Evening News is a strong, campaigning local newspaper and will continue to represent Archant on a number of Norwich initiatives, including the board of the Norwich Business Improvement District.”
Nigel, Terry and Tim will report to Bob Crawley, who was recently appointed publishing director at Archant Anglia.