As reported on HTFP last week, Jeremy Smith stood down as editor of the Oswestry and Border Counties Advertizer last month having taken up the post at the start of June.
The move had marked a return to local newspapers after a 13-year break for Jeremy, who originally joined the Advertiser as a sub-editor in 1982.
Now, in a comment on our original story, Jeremy has explained the reasons behind his departure,
Said Jeremy: “Why did I stand down? Well, there’s no mystery, no scandal, no conspiracy. It simply wasn’t the job I thought it was going to be.
“In the 13 years I had been out of mainstream journalism the world of provincial newspapers has changed beyond recognition. It’s a world where advertisers now call the shots and dictate the rules and it didn’t take me long to realise I had no appetite for such a set-up.
“Also, after being my own boss for 13 years I found it impossible to return to the hoop-jumping, box-ticking corporate world.
“I’m glad I took the job, if only to prove to myself that it wasn’t for me. I wish my former colleagues and the new editor every success.”
Jeremy spent 17 years with the Advertizer’s parent company NWN Media, becoming deputy editor of the Evening Leader before leaving in 1999 to go freelance.
NWN Media is currently seeking a replacement for Jeremy. It has so far declined to comment further on the circumstances of his departure.