A weekly newspaper editor has moved to a new role as group editor for a series of Johnston Press sister titles.
It is not yet clear whether Phil will be directly replaced in Mansfield and it is understood that discussions are still ongoing.
Phil’s appointment comes after he helped pilot JP’s ‘newsroom of the future’ initiative in the region, which sees teams of journalists work for multiple titles and is being rolled out at the publisher’s titles across the country.
Chris Burton previously held the role of group editor at the weekly titles in South Yorkshire but left JP in May to work as head of publishing at Maplin Electronics.
An announcement to staff by James Mitchinson, who is editorial director of the North Midlands and South Yorkshire publishing unit and editor of The Star, said Phil would be a “huge asset” in the role.
He said: “It is not an exaggeration to say that Phil not only helped to successfully pilot NOTF in NMSY, but led the shaping of the model before it was rolled out to the wider business, and deserves huge credit for having done so.
“I know you will join me in congratulating Phil on his promotion, and support him in his next JP chapter.”
He has been editor of the Chad series since September 2013 when a reshuffle among JP editors in the region took place.
In May this year, Johnston Press announced a further restructure in the publishing unit when Derbyshire Times editor Graeme Huston was seconded to Northern Ireland to oversee the rollout of newsroom of the future there.
The move led to Nancy Fielder becoming acting group editor of JP’s North Midlands titles, which includes the Chad, with Ashley Booker as acting head of content for the Peaks and Andy Done Johnson acting content editor for Nottinghamshire.