A weekly editor has left his post after publisher Trinity Mirror decided to merge his role with the editorship of a daily sister title.
David Atkin, left, who began his career at the Scunthorpe Telegraph and became its editor four years ago, worked his last day at the paper on Friday.
Grimsby Telegraph editor Michelle Lalor will now take responsibility for both newspapers after Trinity Mirror, which bought them as part of the £220m Local World deal last November, decided to merge the editor roles.
It is understood that up to four other jobs could be at risk at the Scunthorpe paper, but the company has declined to comment on this.
David’s is the latest in a series of senior editorial departures which have taken place at former Local World titles across the country in recent weeks.
Michelle took over at Scunthorpe on Monday, after what TM described as a “strategic review of the overall GSMG editorial operation.”
The publisher said David has decided “not to pursue” the joint editor role.
Said David: “It has been a privilege to lead such a talented and hard-working team in Scunthorpe and I would like to thank them for all their efforts, which were recognised when the Scunthorpe Telegraph was named the 2015 O2 Weekly Newspaper of the Year for Yorkshire and Humber.
“Their ability, dedication and enthusiasm is of the highest order. Michelle is a first class editor and under her guidance the business will go from strength to strength.”
David began his career in Scunthorpe in 1995, and has spent most of his career there save for a brief spell at the Lancashire Evening Post.
He has also previously served as Grimsby Telegraph news editor and assistant editor, and was deputy editor in Scunthorpe between 2005 and 2012, when he stepped up to the paper’s editorship.
Michelle said: “I started my career in Scunthorpe and am therefore delighted to be taking responsibility for what is a brilliant weekly publication and daily digital offering.
“David and his team are to be congratulated for the work they have done and I hope to carry that on, in addition to my continued development of the Grimsby products.”
Mike Pennington, Trinity Mirror regional MD for Humber and Lincoln, added: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Dave Atkin who has done a great job along with his staff in developing the Scunthorpe Telegraph over the last four years and I wish him well in the future.
“I am delighted that Michelle is taking over the reins for both Grimsby and Scunthorpe Telegraph and whilst they are two distinctive areas there is plenty of collaboration between the two businesses.”