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Editor leaves weekly in publisher’s restructure

A newsroom shake-up at a regional publisher has seen a weekly editor leave the business.

Mark Sweetingham has left his role as editor of the Romford Recorder in a restructure at Archant London which will see three editor roles made redundant and replaced with two executive editors.

As previously reported, the publisher is combining all its East London and Essex newsrooms into two teams, each headed by an executive editor and overseen by editor-in-chief Malcolm Starbrook, who is currently editor of the East London Advertiser and Newham Recorder.

Mark, who was last month awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough by Havering Council to recognise his long service as editor, was one of three weekly news chiefs at risk as a result of the changes.

Under the reorganisation, the first team will cover the Romford Recorder, Romford and Havering Post, Ilford Recorder and Kentish Times, while the second will cover the Newham Recorder, East London Advertiser and Barking and Dagenham Post.

Those who were at risk alongside Mark were Chris Carter of the Ilford Recorder and Mike Adkins of the Barking and Dagenham Post but it is understood they will be given the two executive editor positions.

The reorganisation will see news editors, reporters, editorial assistants and photographers working for multiple titles within their section.

Archant confirmed Mark’s departure from the company but declined to comment further.

Following an earlier restructure last year, Mark was given the job of drawing up a “strategic plan” for the Romford Recorder.

The then editorial director Bob Crawley said at the time:  “While we will focus on developing all our newspaper titles in 2012, I have tasked Mark Sweetingham with the specific task of creating a strategic plan to develop our flagship newspaper the Romford Recorder – London’s biggest selling weekly newspaper.”


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  • June 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Maybe the “strategic plan” for the flagship Romford Recorder didn’t go down very well then.

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