Two regional dailies have been given dedicated editors for the first time in four years after a management shake-up was made permanent.
The move marks a return to separate editors for both titles, which had been under the helm of Toby Granville since December 2011, when the late Neal Butterworth was made redundant from his role in Bournemouth.
Both Andy and Diarmuid were seconded to their roles in February when Toby took on the temporary role of editorial development director at Newsquest, which has also now been made permanent.
Andy was deputy editor and head of news at Bournemouth and has been managing the news desk at the title since 1997.
He started his career at the New Milton Advertiser as a trainee reporter before joining the newspaper.
Vincent Boni, managing director of Newsquest Dorset, said: “I am always pleased when it is possible to recognise talent and achievement in our demanding media businesses and even more so when talent rises through the ranks.
“Andy is an accomplished and tenacious journalist who has championed the conurbation’s issues and triumphs for many years. Now he has the recognition and clout to enter the fray with even more vigour.
“With significantly higher audience numbers than any of his predecessors had to play with I look forward to where he will be taking us.”
Diarmuid was deputy editor and head of news in Weymouth, and had been managing the news desk at the Dorset Echo since 2009.
He started his career at the Reading Post as a trainee reporter and joined the Dorset Echo as a senior reporter in 1991.
Vincent added: “I am extremely pleased to congratulate Diarmuid on his editorship. Rarely do you get the pleasure of making an appointment so deserved and after many years of hard graft as a journalist, so many of them at the Dorset Echo.
“I am particularly pleased to be working with him and look forward to seeing how he will develop further the largest audience the Dorset Echo and its sister publications have ever had.”
Toby will now focus on working with editorial teams across the group, supporting them to become genuinely multi-media.