A long-serving regional daily deputy editor is to leave his role this week after the top job at his paper went to an external candidate.
Jon Simcock, deputy editor of the Shropshire Star for the past 11 years, is understood to have been interviewed for the editorship of the paper after Keith Harrison moved to daily stablemate the Express & Star.
Martin, a former reporter on the Star, is due to join the paper on 6 May.
Jon’s decision to leave was announced to staff on Friday by Phil Inman, managing director of parent company the Midland Newspaper Association.
He said: “Jon Simcock has decided to leave the business in order to pursue other opportunities.
“He will leave on Friday 15 March. Jon has worked for Shropshire Newspapers since 1989 and for the past 11 years has combined the roles of deputy editor and news editor of the Shropshire Star.
“Jon leaves with our best wishes for the future.”
As deputy editor Jon had been expected to manage the paper during the interregnum between Keith’s departure on 29 March and Martin’s arrival on 6 May.
However this role will now go to Mark Drew, currently executive editor at the Express & Star, who is to be seconded to the Shropshire title for a 13-week period.
Said Phil: “Express & Star executive editor Mark Drew will move across to Shropshire for a 13-week period from Monday 18 March.
“Mark will work alongside Keith Harrison for two weeks and then edit the title for a period of five weeks between March 30 and May 4. Mark will then support the new editor Martin for six weeks from May 6.”