An editor axed six years ago by Johnston Press will compete with the newspapers he used to run after being appointed to launch a new freesheet.
Newsquest’s Eastbourne Independent will be distributed at supermarkets and other outlets across the Sussex town for the first time on Friday, with 13,500 copies available initially.
The paper will rival the Johnston Press-owned Gazette, and it launch comes two months after JP acquired the free weekly Brighton & Hove Independent, which runs in competition with the city’s daily Newsquest title, The Argus.
He lost his job in March 2009 as part of a series of cost-cutting measures following the merger of the company’s TR Beckett and Sussex Newspapers divisions.
Said Peter: “I am delighted to be working on this exciting project. I will be putting my heart and soul into this new paper.
“I will be reporting on the news as well as being actively involved in the community – just as I was when editor before.
“Eastbourne is a wonderful place, full of wonderful people, and it will be a privilege to be able to communicate and interact again with the public in this way.”
Since leaving JP, Peter has worked as journalism course leader at City College Brighton and Hove.
Newsquest Sussex group editor Mike Gilson said: “The Argus has always covered Eastbourne as part of its county-wide service but the Eastbourne Independent will get right down into the community, reporting on what is important and celebrating local life.
“In Peter Lindsey we have the ideal journalist to do this. He knows the town and surrounding area like the back of his hand.”
Dawn Sweeney, managing director of Newsquest Sussex, said: “The Eastbourne Independent will give readers and advertisers a new platform in the town. We are committed to delivering a first class service.”
JP has responded to the launch by unveiling plans for a relaunch of the Gazette which will see it switch from tabloid to broadsheet.