A new magazine has been launched for a seaside town without the involvement of an axed weekly newspaper editor – after his former company delayed him working there.
But a ‘compromise agreement’ signed with Johnston Press means he is unable to start working for the title until October, six months after being made redundant from the regional publisher.
It is understood that after Jon’s involvement with the new magazine was revealed, he was contacted by JP warning him against breaking the agreement.
The free magazine has been founded by Kathy Finkel and has been delivered to 20,000 homes across Whitby and the surrounding villages.
She initially planned a print run of 15,000 but this was upped to 20,000 to ensure the areas it was delivered to were fully covered.
Kathy said: “I am delivering with a couple of people myself and we are getting good feedback from people.
“They like the fact that it is not just page after page of adverts. There’s an awful lot of written content in there. The people writing for me are all local people and there’s a lot of features in it.”
But she hit out at Johnston Press for preventing Jon’s immediate involvement with the magazine, where he will write a column each month about local events.
Said Kathy: “It is very disappointing. I can’t see this being a good business policy for Johnston Press because it just causes bad feeling, but there’s nothing I can do about it for the time being.
“Jon will be on board with us from October.”
The Whitby mag is supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, with part of its profits going towards the local branch and further charity events planned.
Since leaving Johnston Press, Jon has also set up his own media and PR company, Stokoe Media.
Johnston Press declined to comment.