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Group editor role created at Newsquest Wales titles

imgID42385098_jpg-pwrt3A new group editor role has been created to oversee four Newsquest-owned titles in West Wales.

Steve Adams, left, previously editor of the South Wales Guardian, now has additional oversight of the Western Telegraph, Milford Mercury and Tivyside Advertiser.

The changes mean that Holly Robinson, who took over as editor of the Western Telegraph in 2010, will be leaving the business.

Dean Merrick, the publisher at Newsquest West Wales said:  “I am delighted to announce the promotion of Steve Adams, who is currently the Editor of the South Wales Guardian in Ammanford, to the new position of Multimedia Editor within the West Wales region.

“Holly Robinson will be leaving after a suitable handover period with Steve, but in the meantime I would like to thank her for all her hard work over the years and wish her all the best for the future.”

Other recent job moves involving regional press journalists include:

  • Edinburgh Evening News crime reporter Kaye Nicolson has left the paper to join Scottish TV station STV.  A replacement has yet to be appointed.
  • South Wales Argus digital and social media reporter Chris Seal has left the title to join the NSPCC as a media officer.   Meanwhile the paper had appointed Adam Luke as a senior multimedia journalist.
  • Tara Russell has joined the Bournemouth Daily Echo as a reporter after a spell of freelancing.  The Echo has also promoted Katie Clark to the role of chief reporter.
  • The Essex Echo has appointed Gary Pearson as head of content in addition to his roles as editor of sister titles the Thurrock Gazette, Brentwood Weekly News and the Chelmsford Weekly News
  • The Eastern Daily Press has appointed Mark Shields to the role of business editor while reporter Laura James has stepped up to the same position at Stoke daily The Sentinel.
  • Two senior editorial leaders have returned from maternity leave at the Gloucestershire Echo.  Tanya Gledhill resumes her role as assistant editor while Lucy Parford returns in the new position of features digital editor.
  • Georgina Stubbs, formerly a reporter on the Daily Mirror, the Liverpool Echo and the Southport Visitor, has joined the Press Association as a news reporter.
  • The Manchester Evening News has appointed Alex Hibbert as acting video editor. Alex was previously a senior reporter for the newspaper.
  • Reporter Hayley Mortimer has left the Gloucester Citizen for a new role at BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
  • Alex Moore, chief reporter at the Rutland & Stamford Mercury and the Rutland Times, is leaving to join the Sheffield Star.
  • Reporter Harriet Collier has left the News Shopper Series in South London.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Whisper it softly, but I’m going for the Multi-Everything editorship of this arm of our galaxy for XYZ Publishing. I know some of the planets we cover are completely different – some feature silicon-based life forms rather than carbon – but I’m confident I can hold it all together and not become overstretched. Happy days.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 9:09 am

    The message for all editors in the UK should be: “Watch your back!”

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  • February 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Dick Minim — have you considered getting off your keyboard and getting a life? were you always this negative in the newsroom??

    bet they don´t miss you too much …

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  • February 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Only four newspapers??? How will he fill his day?

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  • February 8, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Terry – I had a life once but it was awful. However, I went to Bath once and thought it was very nice. For that I’ll be forever grateful.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Can an editor not get a decent head and shoulders portrait done these days? No, thought not.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Now that photographers are deemed no longer necessary this kind of ‘off the wall’ photo will become the norm especially when the brief also includes a nice bit of ‘product placement’ in the shot too

    Question is was this photo:
    A reader supplied
    B a selfie
    C taken by Doris in accounts
    D snapped by the junior who put the press release together on his iPhone 3 as part of his “must be proficient in the use of multi media technology” brief

    Personally I’m going B

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  • February 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    …and the winner is Michael.
    The photo was indeed a selfie – taken at an Ammanford carnival last summer just as the glorious Carmarthenshire sunshine kissed my youthful brow.
    If HTTP had really wanted a picture they could have just asked and saved themselves the trouble of trawling through my old tweets.

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