A deputy editor has been promoted to lead a weekly title following the departure of its long-standing news chief to lead a sister paper.
Colin Brent left his role as editor of the Tavistock Times Gazette after 23 years to take over sister title the Cornish and Devon Post where he started his career, following the retirement of editor Keith Whitford last week.
Colin has now been replaced at the Times series, which is also owned by Tindle Newspapers, by Jane Honey who has been deputy editor there for seven years.
Succeeding her as deputy editor is reporter Alison Stephenson, who has worked for the title for 14 years.
In a story about the appointments, Jane said: “It’s certainly going to be a challenge – and Colin will be very much missed by us all – but I work with a fantastic bunch of people and we will make every effort to ensure the paper thrives and develops.
“This is a wonderful place to live and work and it’s a privilege to reflect the news, life and general goings-on of the community.”
In leaving the title, Colin said he had seen many changes and when he first joined the Times, journalists were still using typewriters and carbon paper.
He said: “There are many people, both within the Times and outside it, to whom I am grateful for their diligence, patience and, most importantly, good humour.
“I wish Jane and Alison well in their new posts and am sure that the paper will go from strength to strength.”
Keith left the Cornish and Devon Post last week after 20 years at the title, including seven as editor, to begin his retirement.