A new editor has been appointed to oversee a group of weekly titles acquired by regional publisher Newsquest when it bought Romanes Media Group in May.
Last June, the company announced that the newly-acquired Berkshire titles, including the Reading Chronicle and Slough Observer, would form part of an enlarged Newsquest Hampshire and Berkshire division, headed by Amanda Davison-Young.
However it has now been decided to create a distinct Newsquest Berkshire division within the wider business unit, to be headed by Gary Kendall as managing director and Tim Cole, left, as editor-in-chief.
Gary, who will also have additional responsibility for Basingstoke, will report to Amanda while Tim will report to Newsquest Hampshire and Berkshire group editor Ian Murray.
Tim, a former editor of the Willesden and Brent Times and the Islington Gazette, joined the Romanes Group prior to the Newsquest takeover as editor of the Slough Observer and the Royal Borough Observer
His new role will see him take on additional responsibility for the Chronicle and the Bracknell News, replacing Lesley Potter who resigned as editor in September.
Gary moves from the role of managing director, South London, which will be filled by Tony Portelli who is joining the company from Johnston Press.
Tony, currently JP’s regional advertising director for the South of England, will join Newsquest in the New Year.
Newsquest chief executive Henry Faure Walker said: “I’m really pleased that Tony is joining us. He brings with him a strong track record having been one of Johnston Press’s top performing sales directors for many years.
“In addition, this appointment enables Gary Kendall to take up a new role as the managing director of Berkshire. We purchased the Berkshire business earlier this year as part of our Romanes Media Group acquisition and we see plenty of opportunity to develop this business further.”