Barry Peters, left, whose role as editor of the Bury Free Press and group editor of JP’s Anglia division had been at risk of redundancy, has taken on a new region-wide role as communities content editor.
The move is part of an extensive reshuffle among the publisher’s East Midlands and East Anglia titles which sees seven editor roles reduced to three and four new roles created.
Paul Richardson, previously editor of the Grantham Journal, takes over Barry’s old role as Free Press editor and is now in overall charge of all JP’s titles in Norfolk and Suffolk, with Lynn News editor Mark Leslie as his deputy.
Peterborough Telegraph editor Mark Edwards now has additional responsibility for the Journal as well as the Stamford Mercury and Melton Times.
And Stephen Stray, editor of the Standard series in Boston, Sleaford, Skegness and Spilsby, adds the Louth and Mablethorpe Leader, Horncastle News and Market Rasen Mail to his portfolio, with Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian editor Jeremy Ransome as his deputy.
Paul Fisher, who had previously edited the Leader, News and Mail, moves into a new region-wide role as digital editor.
There are not thought to have been any redundancies as a result of the changes affecting the East Midlands and Anglia divisions.
The “newsroom of the future” scheme, which was initially piloted in the North Midlands and South Yorkshire, has seen journalists working across multiple titles within certain geographic regions.
Stephen, pictured left, took to Twitter to post about his new role on Thursday.
He wrote: “Very proud to be fully in my new role as group editor of JP’s Lincolnshire titles. We’ve got great teams producing fab papers and websites.”
JP originally confirmed it was in consultation with Barry over his future last October.