Sheffield Star editor James Mitchinson, left, has been appointed editor of the Yorkshire Post and editorial director for Yorkshire in succession to Jeremy Clifford, who is moving to a group-wide role.
But in a surprise move, Jeremy has announced he is recreating the role of editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, which last had a separate editor in 2012.
This role goes to Nicola Furbisher, currently managing editor of the YP and YEP and Jeremy’s effective Number Two for the past two years.
The changes were announced in an email to staff which has been seen by HTFP.
James moves on after two years at The Star, having joined the paper from the Derbyshire Times where he succeeded Nicola as editor in 2011.
In his email, Jeremy said: “James has shown in the two years he has been at The Star, Sheffield what he is capable of. His drive and vision, coupled with a track record of delivering the results we need, have made him the right choice to lead The Yorkshire Post team.”
“I look forward to seeing James and the team working to further develop The Yorkshire Post in print and online – particularly following the successful relaunch of the website last week.”
“To enable James to concentrate on his new role, and the wider position of editorial director for Yorkshire, I am recreating the role of editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post. I am pleased to confirm that this position will be taken on by Nicola Furbisher.
“Nicola has been a superb support to me in my role as editorial director of Yorkshire and brings her local knowledge and experience of both titles to this position. In addition to her editorship of the YEP, Nicola continues as managing editor of The Yorkshire Post, and will work closely with James.”
The YEP last had a dedicated editor in 2012, when Paul Napier held the role, but later that year it was combined with the YP editorship under Peter Charlton.
Jeremy, who is moving to become editor-in-chief of JP, then succeeded Peter as editor of both titles in 2013.
In his new role, Jeremy will oversee an editorial structure comprising ten senior editors covering each JP division who will all report directly to him.
As well as James, they are Ian Stewart (Scottish dailies), Colin Hume (Scottish weeklies), Joy Yates (North East), Gillian Parkinson (North West), Mark Waldron and Gary Shipton (South), Graeme Huston (Ireland), Frank O’Donnell (digital content) and Tim Robinson (group editorial design.)