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Business editor takes up top job at regional daily

Andy RichardsonThe business editor of a regional daily has been unveiled as the newspaper’s new editor.

Andy Richardson, pictured left, has taken on the top job at the Northern Echo, following Peter Barron’s departure in April.

Andy, whose official title will be group editor at Newsquest (North-East), had been serving as joint acting editor since Peter left after 17 years at the helm.

His fellow joint acting editor Nigel Burton, head of content & assistant editor at the Echo, has been promoted to the role of deputy group editor & head of content with immediate effect.

The pair will also oversee the Darlington & Stockton Times and the Advertiser Series in County Durham.

Andy joined Newsquest as a sports journalist in Darlington, where the Echo is based, in 2007, and became deputy business editor in 2010.

He moved up to business editor two years later and added assistant editor to his portfolio in 2014.

Andy, an English and history graduate of Durham University, had initially had previously spent 10 years in PR – having begun his career with Northern Electric PLC and later moving to rail operator GNER, where he served as head of its marketing and PR operations.

Nigel BurtonIn 2006, he decided to change career and funded his own journalism training before working as a freelance sports journalist on local and national titles.

Nigel, left, began his career with the Echo as a reporter in 1990.

He served as news editor for 2000 until taking up the head of content & assistant editor role in 2006.

David Coates, Newsquest North managing director, said: “We’re really pleased that we could fill these two senior appointments with internal candidates.

“We saw some really good people, from inside and outside Newsquest, but it was clear that Andy and Nigel were the correct choice.

“They impressed us during their brief spell acting-up as group editor in Darlington and I’m entirely confident that the Northern Echo and its associated brands are in very safe hands.”

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  • June 2, 2016 at 6:59 am
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    Good luck Andy. Barron will be a hard act to follow and the current climate for newspapers is desperate. Best wishes for the future.

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  • June 2, 2016 at 10:56 am
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    Was disappointed I didn’t hear back from business editor Andy about a hugely unimportant Press release I sent over earlier this week but, er, this article probably explains why…!
    Good luck to Andy, a smart, hard-working, quietly impressive fella, I wish him every success in what remains, despite the circulation falls, a hugely prestigious job.

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  • June 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    So someone who was a trainee journalist just nine years ago is now deemed qualified to be an editor. Wouldn’t have thought he would have been qualified unless he was very, very friendly with someone in authority.

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  • June 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    More ‘newspaper men’ get the top jobs. Why is it so r

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  • June 11, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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    More ‘newspaper men’ get the top jobs. Why is it so rarely a woman who is appointed editor?

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