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Editor to leave Newsquest weeklies after nine months in charge

dave-kingAn editor who came back into newspapers this year after a spell in journalism training is set to return to academia.

Newsquest Berkshire editor-in-chief Dave King has announced he will quit the company on 6 January to go back to teaching journalism.

Dave, who is responsible for the Reading Chronicle, Bracknell News and Slough Observer, left his role as head of journalism at Portsmouth’s Highbury College to take up the position in March this year.

He replaced Tim Cole, who himself left after only a few months in the editor-in-chief role following the departure of Lesley Potter.

It has also been confirmed that Newsquest Berkshire managing director Amanda Davison-Young has left the company.

A replacement for Dave has not yet been announced and it is understood the role is being advertised internally.

In a message to staff, which has been seen by HTFP, Dave said: “I wanted to drop you a quick note before you heard the news anywhere else that I will be stepping down as editor-in-chief in January.

“My final day will be Friday 6 January. I am going to be moving back into education.

“I have enjoyed my time working with you. As a team you have been first class with your commitment and dedication – often going above and beyond. We have got some great newspapers and websites, produced by a very talented team.”

Before joining Highbury in 2014, Dave had spent more than three decades in journalism and edited the Swindon Advertiser.


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  • December 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    It’s obviously too hot a seat to run those titles in these troubled times. Those titles have proud long histories in most cases too, Great pity.

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  • December 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Don’t blame him, I’ve dabbled in some lecturing and it seems like an absolute doss. Write me 100 words about Oxdown, I’ll be in the office listening to some Spandau Ballet.

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  • December 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Perhaps he can introduce a bit of reality into the classroom and persuade them to pursue a career as web monkeys instead. That’s all that’s left that matters.

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