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Local World confirms senior executive’s departure

Regional publisher Local World has confirmed the departure of one of its senior executives following management changes at its Cambridge operations.

Mike Richardson, left, was one of the Iliffe News and Media executives who took up senior roles in the LW team following the creation of the company in December 2012.

He initially oversaw a publishing division comprising the former Iliffe newspaper centres in Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Burton on Trent.

However he was abruptly replaced in the role last month by Lincolnshire publisher Richard Duxbury, who was given responsibility for the Cambridge News as well as all LW titles in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and the South Midlands.

Local World has now confirmed that Mike left the business at the end of April.

A spokeswoman said: “Mike leaves with our good wishes and thanks for his contribution and the role he played in the business over the last 16 months.”

The changes in Cambridge sparked a reshuffle in Lincoln which saw Lincolnshire Echo editor Steven Fletcher succeed Richard as publisher.

Content editor Mel West was appointed acting editor of the Echo.  Her permanent appointment to the role has now been confirmed.


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  • May 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I get Randy Cough’s allusion (great album) though I wonder how many will. My question is simple: what do these people actually do? Can they report, take pictures, do layout, sub, proof, send to press? Are they qualified accountants, lawyers, HR professionals, or IT gurus? Mr Richardson leaves, probably not of his own volition, but what exactly does LW now lack and where does it look to replace the departed knowledge?

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  • May 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Sparks’ Kimono My House, track 5…

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