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New editor named for Midlands newspaper

The new editor of West Midlands regional weekly the Birmingham Post has been announced as Stacey Barnfield.

Stacey, currently executive editor on the Post’s daily sister title the Birmingham Mail, will start the new role on Monday.

He said: “’I’m extremely proud to be at the helm of such a historic newspaper which has been setting the business agenda in Birmingham for more than 150 years.

“We’re working on exciting plans for the Post which will ensure it continues to provide quality news coverage to the city’s business community in the years to come.”

The 39-year-old has been helping to developed the print and digital strategy for the Post since previous editor Alun Thorne left the role to take over the reins of the Coventry Telegraph in October last year.

Stacey started his newspaper career on the Solihull News in 1992 before joining the Sunday Mercury in 1997 as a sub-editor. This was followed by a five-year spell on Trinity Mirror’s magazines division as design editor and then editor-in-chief, overseeing a portfolio of lifestyle and entertainments magazines and contract-published titles.

He joined the Birmingham Mail as assistant editor in 2005 and was appointed executive editor three years later with a brief to help increase the newspaper’s digital readership.

David Brookes, Trinity Mirror Midlands’ editor-in-chief, said: “Stacey’s drive and innovation have been instrumental in helping to grow the Birmingham Mail’s online audience over the past 12 months.

“He is a great example of the bright, young talent we have in our newsrooms in the Midlands and I wish him every success in his new role.”

Stacey is also a director of the Birmingham Press Club.

The move comes as Trinity Mirror Midlands announced further changes to senior management.

Graeme Brown has been promoted to regional head of business with specific responsibility for supporting the new editor in the development of the Birmingham Post across multiple channels.

And Paul Cole, currently editor of the Sunday Mercury, has been appointed to a wider role as executive editor (Birmingham).

One of Paul’s immediate tasks will be to help with the launch of the Birmingham Mail’s  new part-paid, part-free Friday edition which will see 50,000 copies given away in the city centre.

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