The recently-appointed editor of a regional daily pledged it would “place itself at the centre of the debate” during a speech to mark its 135th anniversary.
Mike Gilson, who took up his role with Brighton daily The Argus six weeks ago, addressed more than 100 guests at a lunch held at the city’s Grand Hotel to mark the occasion.
He told the audience the newspaper had covered the “triumphs and the tears, hopes and fears” of the communities it serves during its history and would go on doing so.
Mike is believed to be planning a redesign and relaunch of the title after recently hiring a graphic designer on a short-term contract.
Speaking at the event last week, Mike, pictured above, also rejected the premise that traditional news was dead.
He said: “Here’s some breaking news for you. It’s not true. That need for a trusted source of news will survive.
“The Argus brand is not a chain around our necks but a launch pad to take us to the next stage.
“Make no mistake, we need a daily journalistic presence lifting the rocks to find out what’s underneath, flagging up the unsung heroes and the successes and standing up for the underdog.
“We live in a big important place and I pledge The Argus under my editorship will place itself at the centre of debate, campaigning for change where it’s needed and continuing to play its 135-year role in keeping our communities connected.”
The initial edition of The Argus, one of the country’s first evening papers, came off the presses at its former North Street office in March 1880 and was sold for a halfpenny.
Dawn Sweeney, managing director of parent company Newsquest Sussex, told the lunch: “Today The Argus celebrates 135 years of being the number one publisher of news and information across Brighton and Hove and the wider Sussex region, a tremendous achievement particularly in this rapidly changing media landscape.
“I’d like to thank you all for your continued support of The Argus, it is very much appreciated.”
“I am privileged and proud to be the managing director of The Argus which is one of the finest regional media brands in the UK. I have just loved working and living here in this great, crazy city.”
Last month it was revealed The Argus is set to cut four roles on its features and photographic desks.