A group editor with responsibility for 14 different newspapers has become the third editor to leave Johnston Press in the space of a week.
Brian Stormont, left, group editor of the JP-owned Angus County Press, has decided to look for a “new challenge.”
His announcement comes days after it was revealed that Jon Rhodes, editor of The Gazette, Blackpool and two sister titles, was leaving the newspaper amid a management shake-up.
And as reported on HTFP last week, Susan Windram, who is responsible for 11 weekly titles in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, has also decided to quit her role for a new post at Scottish Field magazine.
JP is currently in the process of introducing its “newsroom of the future” initiative in three different regions across the UK, including its weekly titles in Scotland.
Brian began his career with the Arbroath Herald Guide & Gazette in 1989 on an apprenticeship aged 16, where he would remain for more than 12 years.
He then served as chief reporter at the Glenrothes Gazette, before being promoted to deputy editor and later editor of the paper.
Brian returned to Arbroath as editor in 2007 and assumed responsibility for the Montrose Review in 2011.
The following year he was promoted to the position of Angus County Press group editor, and celebrated 25 years with the company in October 2014.
Said Brian: “Having been 25 years with Johnston Press and its associated companies, I felt it was the right time to look for a new challenge.
“I will be taking a short break for a week or two to spend some time with my family and friends before looking for my next opportunity – where that may be I really don’t know, but it is an exciting thought.
“It is not without sadness that I leave something that has been part of my life for a quarter of a century, but it is the correct moment for me to go.
“It has been an honour to work with the reporters I have over the years, but in particular over the past year in the Arbroath, Brechin, Forfar and Montrose titles, where the guys have really displayed a commitment which is over and above what is required of them.
“I leave the newspapers on a firm footing and I hope that they go from strength to strength in the future.”