A Midlands editor has announced he is stepping down from his role in the latest of a series of senior departures from Trinity Mirror’s regional newspaper stable.
Neil White, editor of the Derby Telegraph since 2012, will leave the award-winning daily newspaper on 24 June, it was announced this morning.
He will be replaced by his predecessor, Steve Hall, who edited the paper for seven years until stepping up to the managing director’s role.
Steve, who was named editor of the year at the 2012 Regional Press Awards after masterminding the campaign to save Derby’s Bombardier train-making plant, will now relinquish his duties as Derby MD to focus on his wider role as editor-in-chief for TM’s newly acquired East Midlands titles.
Neil is the third regional daily editor within Trinity Mirror to announce his departure within the space of eight days.
Paul Brackley left the Cambridge News after seven years in charge last Friday, while Kevin Booth’s last day at the Leicester Mercury is today. All three titles were part of the Local World group until it was bought by Trinity Mirror in a £220m deal last November.
HTFP asked Trinity Mirror whether the series of departures are linked to the integration plan currently being rolled-out in the wake of the takeover, but the company has denied this.
A spokesperson responded: “The recent editorial departures are separate individual decisions. It is inevitable after any significant business change such as an acquisition or merger that some individuals take the opportunity to leave the business for various reasons, personal and professional.”
Neil moved to Derby as deputy editor to Steve in 2006, having previously been assistant editor at sister title the Nottingham Post.
Said Neil: “I have enjoyed my career immensely, especially the last ten years working in Derby and, latterly, with the team in East Staffordshire.
“My colleagues have been terrific – in particular, Steve Hall, who has provided sage guidance and leadership, firstly, as editor, during my time as deputy and, more recently, as managing director in Derby and editor-in-chief for the East Midlands.
“The Telegraph has been involved in some far-reaching campaigns, including the one which saved the Bombardier rail factory in Derby, raised millions of pounds for charity and been at the forefront of hard-hitting reporting such as that surrounding the tragedy of the Philpott children, killed in a fire set by their parents.
“But, after 32 years in the industry, most of it in senior positions, I feel the need to recharge my batteries and then explore the wider world.”
Added Steve: “Neil is a brilliant journalist and a fantastic friend and it’s hard to envisage the newsroom in Derby without his presence.
“He has been particularly passionate about developing talent and there are journalists throughout the UK who owe their success, at least in part, to Neil’s tutelage and encouragement.”