It marks a swift return to Coventry for Keith, left, who was sports editor at the paper until taking up the Birmingham role last October.
He succeeds Alun Thorne in the editor’s chair at the Telegraph folllowing his departure last autumn for a PR role.
Said Keith: “I am delighted to be returning to the Coventry Telegraph as editor. I know that it is a very talented newsroom and I am looking forward to working with the team there to accelerate our audience growth.
“I will be sad to leave the Birmingham Mail, but the football department is now well placed to build on the success we have achieved in the last few months.”
Trinity Mirror Midlands editor-in-chief Marc Reeves said: “We had a very strong field of candidates for one of the plum jobs in the regional media, but Keith is the person we need to take the Telegraph’s growth to new levels.
“He has the drive and vision to keep the Telegraph at the centre of people’s lives in Coventry. I’m really looking forward to working with him in his new role.”
He takes up his new role on Monday 2 February.