A single editor has been appointed to oversee two regional dailies after a shake-up by regional publisher Newsquest.
At the same time, two long-serving deputy editors have been made managing editors in charge of day-to-day operations at the two centres.
Sara Taylor, deputy editor of the Mail since 2008, takes on the role in Oxford while Pauline Leighton becomes managing editor in Swindon.
The series of moves follow the departure of Simon O’Neill as editor of the Mail after 11 years in the role.
Gary, pictured, has not responded to HTFP’s requests for a comment on his new role but tweeted about it earlier this week.
On Tuesday he wrote: “First day in Oxford under new role. Just hope no one beats me up in the playground or steals my dinner money.”
Swindon and Oxford are 30 miles apart by road and it is anticipated that Gary will divide his time between the two centres.
In his role as group editor for Wiltshire, he continued to oversee both weekly titles.
Simon, who himself edited the Advertiser from 1997 until 2004, left the Mail at the end of last month.
He was also editor of the South London Press from 1994-97.