An award-winning journalist who headed up Wales’s biggest-selling paper and became chief examiner at the NCTJ has been made redundant after 28 years.
Cathy Duncan, pictured, was acting editor of the South Wales Evening Post for five months before Jonathan Roberts, the former editor of the Carmarthen Journal, was appointed to the post permanently earlier this year.
She joined the Post as a sub-editor 28 years ago, going on to become chief sub-editor in 1993. She became assistant editor under George Edwards, who retired in 2007, and stepped up to the top job temporarily when Spencer Feeney retired in September last year.
But the role of deputy editor has now been axed and today is Cathy’s final day.
She told HTFP she has not got anything concrete to move on to, adding: “I will miss my colleagues like mad. We had a great time together.”
Cathy joined the NCTJ board in 2004, and in 2008 was awarded the NCTJ Chairman’s Award for her outstanding contribution to journalism training and education, both at the Post and through the council itself.
South West Wales Media managing director Tony Dowling confirmed her role would not be filled.
“Cathy is a hugely influential figure in the newsrooms of South West Wales, and in my short time working with her I learned enormous respect for her ability and professionalism,” he told HTFP.
“I and the rest of the management team, who have had the advantage of working with her a lot longer than I did, and indeed the rest of the company, will no doubt miss her wisdom and direction immensely.”
In an announcement to staff about her departure, he also paid tribute to the work she had done while at the paper, and said the training of young journalists was always one of her strengths.
“Many of our current wave of young journalists have Cathy to thank for overseeing their training and development – a role which led her to become an NCTJ chief examiner,” he said.
“She can also been credited with creating new links with the community, which resulted in the Post’s annual prestigious Pride Awards and the Christmas Cheer Party for deserving children.”
A leaving do will be held for Cathy on July 19.