A website editor has been promoted to a new role overseeing the print and online operations of Trinity Mirror’s expanded South Wales portfolio.
Paul Rowland, editor of Wales Online, will now be additionally editor-in-chief, South Wales, with oversight of the Western Mail, South Wales Echo and South Wales Evening Post and their associated weeklies.
The 33-year-old moves into the role held on an interim basis by Alan Edmunds, who is moving to become the full-time deputy to regional editorial director Neil Benson.
Paul, pictured left, will take up his new responsibilities with immediate effect.
He said: “I’m hugely honoured to be taking up the role of editor-in-chief for South Wales. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be involved in the business as we bring together the great strengths of our operations in Swansea and Cardiff, and I look forward hugely to working with the enormously talented teams in both centres to continue growing our vibrant news brands.
“As a proud Welshman, with family roots in Swansea going back generations and more than a decade of living and working in Cardiff, it’s a great privilege to lead this new phase for the media in Wales.’
Neil added: “Paul has proved himself to be one of our very best journalists and leaders, who fully understands digital and print, and the challenges we face.
“His top priority, with the help of an exceptionally strong editorial management team in South Wales, will be to lead the careful integration of our operations, capitalising on potential synergies while maintaining the local relevance that makes our brands unique. I wish him every success in his new role.”
Paul began his career as a trainee journalist at Trinity Mirror’s Media Wales division 11 years ago.