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Weekly news chief steps up to daily editor role

The biggest-selling daily title in Wales is to have a new editor from next month.

Jonathan Roberts, editor of the weekly Carmarthen Journal for the past year, has been given the job of replacing long-serving news chief Spencer Feeney at the South Wales Evening Post.

During his stay at the Journal he has overseen a full redesign of the paper and increased pagination by 25pc, with most of the additional material sourced from user-generated content.

His appointment to lead the Evening Post was announced to staff at the Swansea based title yesterday afternoon.

Said Jonathan: “Jonathan said: “It’s a huge privilege to become the editor of Wales’ largest-selling newspaper. The South Wales Evening Post is an integral part of life in Swansea, as well as in communities to the east and west, and a newspaper the city is rightly proud of.

“To lead what is a highly experienced and talented newsroom is an honour, and the challenge for us as a team will be to continue to deliver a comprehensive news service for our readership, improving our products in print, online and mobile.

“I would also like to thank the entire staff in Carmarthen who have worked tremendously hard to deliver a much-improved product during my time at the Journal.”

Jonathan will start his new role on 4 March 2013.

Tony Dowling, Managing Director, South West Wales Media said: “I am really excited about working with Jonathan. I think the future for the South Wales Evening Post, already Wales’ biggest selling newspaper is extremely bright, and Jonathan will add tremendous value to that future.”

Jonathan began his career as a trainee on the Llanelli Star in 1997, and has worked at several Welsh regional and national titles during his career.