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Deputy promoted after editor moves to sister weekly

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.


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  • November 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Well done to Tindle for promoting deputies to editor roles. It is reward for their service and loyalty and also means someone with experience and market awareness takes on this vital role.
    This policy also stands in stark contrast to some not unadjacent operators whose policy on editors appears to be inexperienced (and thus cheap) or to merely ask an existing editor to take on another title (again a palpably obvious cost-cutting measure with no thought for the title in question).

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  • November 8, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Oh, Dunkin…

    Tindle got an existing editor to take on another title in London…with hilarious* consequences.

    *Unless you worked at the papers. Or read them.

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