A former regional daily editor who later went into journalism training is returning to the frontline to take charge of a group of weekly titles.
Dave King, pictured left, who was editor at the Newsquest-owned Swindon Advertiser and deputy editor at the Southern Daily Echo, is rejoining Newsquest as editor-in-chief of its recently-acquired Berkshire division.
He replaces Tim Cole, who was named editor-in-chief of Newsquest Berkshire in November 2015 but has now left the business.
Dave, who will take up his new job in March, had been working at NCTJ-accredited Highbury College since September 2014.
Dave also worked for the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain and was sports editor and later deputy editor at the Daily Echo, before becoming editor of the Advertiser.
He quit that role to spend more time with family but later returned as head of news for Sussex Newspapers, responsible for five Johnston Press-owned titles in East Sussex, before taking on the Highbury College job.
The Berkshire papers were acquired by Newsquest when it bought Romanes Media Group in May last year.
Tim took on the editor-in-chief role following the departure of Chronicle editor Lesley Potter, thought to have become disenchanted with her paper’s direction since the takeover, in September.
In July up to seven jobs were put at risk when Newsquest announced plans to dissolve its newly-acquired production department in Reading, while it is understood two further editorial staff have left the Berkshire operation in recent weeks.
The latest changes were revealed in an announcement by Ian Murray, group editor for Newsquest Hampshire and Berkshire, which has been seen by HTFP.
He told staff: “I’m delighted to confirm that the post of Editor in Chief for Newsquest Berkshire is to be taken by Dave King.
“Dave has a wealth of experience in regional newspapers and will take the helm of Newsquest titles based in Reading, Bracknell and Slough, including the Reading Chronicle, Bracknell News and Slough Observer.”