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News editor bows out after 40-year career

37587472A veteran weekly news editor has bowed out after a 40-year career with his newspaper group.

Peter Kay spent four decades with Sheffield Newspapers – now part of Johnston Press – and for the past 25 years has been news editor of the weekly Sheffield Telegraph.

He has been replaced by Richard Blackledge, pictured, who paid tribute to Peter in a story on the paper’s website this week.

“Peter will be much missed by everyone here, and I’m sure all of the paper’s readers will join me in wishing him well in the years to come,” he said.

Other recent regional press job moves include:

  • Chris Barry has been appointed managing editor at in addition to his role as North West editor. Alex Turner has been appointed to the role of Yorkshire editor and social media lead across the business and is currently recruiting for an assistant editor in Yorkshire.
  • Matthew Porter has joined The Echo (Essex) as a senior reporter on a three-month secondment from sister title the Colchester Gazette.
  • Soraya Kishtwari, parlimentary correspondent for the Bristol Post, Hull Daily Mail and Grimsby Telegraph has gone on maternity leave. Laura Hughes is covering her role
  • Senior designer Lynette Lloyd has left the Burton Mail.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Worked with Peter Kay when he was deputy news editor at the Sheffield Star in the ’80s before taking on the Telegraph role. He always had cracking news instincts and was a very affable colleague.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Peter Kay, what a smashing bloke and a very reasonable centre half. Bit of a hippy with his musical tastes but can’t really fault him for that. Hope retirement is more fun than supporting The Owls matey.

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