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Ex-news editor does the business on sun-kissed isle

A former regional daily journalist, who swapped a distant view of the North Sea for an Atlantic island vista, has taken the love of his new working environment to another level.

Ex Hull Daily Mail news editor Jeremy Deacon has formed his own public relations company – in sun-kissed Bermuda.

Jeremy, pictured, left the ‘bright lights’ of Hull eight years ago to go on a voyage of discovery some 3,500 miles away as the news editor of the island’s only daily newspaper, The Royal Gazette.

He was promoted to deputy editor but left the paper last year when he set up the aptly-named Deep Blue Communications.

Jeremy, who started on the Beverley Guardian and went to the Yorkshire Post, the Western Daily Press, The News Portsmouth, said: “It was a privilege to work at The Royal Gazette which has a role unlike any daily newspaper in the UK but I’m really enjoying my new venture.

“Running your own company is a challenging experience at any time, but to do so when there is a recession is particularly difficult.

“Like most places, Bermuda is not immune to the effects of a recession. Touch wood, so far the business is doing OK.”

The wide blue yonder . . . Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda

The 51-year-old, who is married to a Bermudian, has a top law firm, an insurance business, a tech company, a Bermuda charity and air conditioning supplier as his clients and hopes to be able to add to his stable soon.

He also does a lot of freelance reporting, particularly for finance-related magazines.

He said of his former city news patch on the Humber estuary: “It’s a statement of the obvious to say that Hull is very different from Bermuda.

“And, yes I’m going to make my former colleagues jealous – last Monday I was out on my boat, with a chilled six-pack and a fishing rod . . .”


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  • September 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Think of that while filling in next templated page with slashed down or sadly padded story. Well done J.

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