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Former editor to bow out of Local World role

Former Northern Echo editor Peter Sands is to bow out of his role as an editorial adviser with regional publisher Local World.

Peter, who has been advising the company and its predecessor Northcliffe Media on a consultancy basis for the past two years, will not be renewing his contract when it finishes in July.

The renowned former editor was initially taken on for three months to help with Northcliffe’s plan to switch four of its daily titles to weekly publication and ended up staying for two years.

His work has included helping publishers and managing directors with recruitment, running training courses and seminars, overseeing contract negotiations with PA and producing the monthly Ideas newsletter.

Said Peter:  “I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years – working with people I know and respect and helping them to rapidly change the business and the culture.

“There are a new set of challenges now with Local World and the time is right for me to bow out.”

Local World said Peter’s arrangements with other clients, including the Daily Mail, Mail Online, The Daily Telegraph, Telegraph online and Press Association Training, where he is consultant editor, means he can no longer commit to the company.

He will still be available after July for training, design and consultancy work through his company Sands Media Services.


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  • April 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Doubtless the staff from these dailies-turned-weeklies who had no choice but to take ‘voluntary’ redundancies he assisted with advising in will be overjoyed at the news.

    Oh,totally off topic but sticking with (not)Local World (nee Northcliffe) I see the company has also dispatched with a fair amount of its IT staff in recent weeks with help desks being chopped down to a bare minimum as well as regional teams being chopped back as part of a series of IT cuts. Close on thirty jobs going, going, gone.
    ‘Course haven’t read it here yet……………

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  • April 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Peter Sands… a top journo – and it’s good for journalism that he’s spent the last 30 years (give or take) sharing his skills. Carry on.

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