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Group editor appointed for Johnston Press weeklies

A regional daily assistant editor has been made group editor of a series of sister titles following an internal reshuffle by Johnston Press.

Chris Burton, left, assistant editor at Sheffield daily The Star, will become group editor of South Yorkshire Newspapers, which includes the Doncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells and Doncaster Star.

He replaces Graeme Huston who was appointed group editor of the Derbyshire Times and a series of sister weeklies last month in a shake-up of Johnston Press editors.

The reshuffle was triggered by the appointment of former DT editor James Mitchinson as group editor for the Sheffield Star and Telegraph, succeeding Jeremy Clifford who has taken up the reins at the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post.

Chris, who is responsible for editing the weekly Sheffield Telegraph in his current role, will take up his new position next Monday (21 Oct).

He said: “I’m honoured to be given the job of group editor of this prestigious group of titles and can’t wait to get started.”

In an internal announcement about Chris’ appointment, he was praised for his role in relaunching the Telegraph and improving its sales performance.

Chris has worked for Johnston Press for 11 years, having joined in 2002 as a reporter, and before joining the Sheffield titles, he was editor of the Worksop Guardian and its sister titles.

He has also previously worked as a product manager in the Sheffield-based page design hub.

Last month’s reshuffle also saw Derbyshire Times assistant editor Phil Bramley moved to become editor of the Mansfield Chad, Ashfield Chad, Alfreton Chad and Hucknall Dispatch, following the departure of Tracy Powell to become a journalism lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Does “improving sales performance” mean increasing sales…..or not

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