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Editorial director quits to join family-owned publisher

A senior Trinity Mirror editor is leaving the group after 15 years to take charge of a family-owned weekly.

Andy Murrill, editorial director of the Reading Post, Wokingham Times, Bracknell Times and getreading.co.uk, is moving 13 miles down the M4 to become group editor of the Newbury Weekly News.

He takes over from Brien Beharrell, who as previously reported on HTFP, is bowing out after 17 years at Newbury.

Andy, who will leave his role towards the end of the year, first joined the Post in 1995 and is credited with having played a key role in building the getreading site into one of TM’s biggest digital brands.

Said Andy: “It has been my privilege to be editorial director of the Reading Post, Wokingham Times, Bracknell Times and getreading.co.uk for the past 15 years. I can honestly say I have enjoyed every single day and will leave with so many happy memories.

“I cannot speak highly enough of the excellent staff that I have worked alongside in Reading since 1995 and I have been constantly astounded by their total professionalism and commitment.

“I am proud of what we’ve all achieved over the years and feel blessed to have worked with such a talented and lovely group of people who I am lucky to call friends.

“The time has now come for a new challenge and I am very much looking forward to joining the Newbury Weekly News at an exciting period for this well-established, family-owned newspaper, digital and print business located in a lovely part of Berkshire.”

Simon Edgley, managing director, Trinity Mirror Southern, said: “Andy has been a pleasure to work with and I know he will be missed by his team, local community and colleagues alike.

“I personally wish Andy every success with his future career at the Newbury Weekly News and I am sure you will all join me in that sentiment.”

TM said an announcement about plans for Andy’s successor will be made in due course.

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  • September 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    How unusual – a newspaper has actually appointed a good, hard-working and experienced journalist to be its editor! Excellent choice.

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  • September 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    Well done Andy and well done NWN – a good match.

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  • September 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm
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    Good luck to him and I agree he sounds an excellent choice.

    Disappointing, though, that my application didn’t even receive the courtesy of a reply.

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