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Newsdesk chief steps up to editor’s chair at regional daily

BradJonesA regional daily news editor is to step up to the editor’s chair at his hometown paper after the post was revived in a restructure.

Brad Jones, left, has today been announced as the new editor of the Ipswich Star – the first time the title has had a dedicated editor since August 2012.

Ipswich-born Brad has worked for the Star’s publisher Archant for more than 20 years, most recently as news editor of the Star and its sister title, the East Anglian Daily Times.

For the last four years, Terry Hunt, editor-in-chief for Archant in Suffolk, has edited both daily titles.

Said Terry: “This is a richly-deserved appointment for Brad, who has done a great job as news editor. We have exciting plans for the Star which will be put into place in the autumn.”

Brad added: “Ipswich is my home town, so it’s a real privilege to get this opportunity. The Star has a huge role to play as Ipswich enjoys a genuine resurgence.

“I’m looking forward to ensuring we offer a great daily paper and brilliant website which appeal to many new readers as well as existing ones.”

The appointment comes ahead of what Archant is describing as “exciting plans’’ for the Star, to take effect from this autumn.

The editor role at the Star was revived in a restructure earlier this year which also saw the Norwich Evening News regain its own dedicated editor.

David Powles, who until then had been head of Archant’s group investigations unit, was appointed to the Evening News editor role.

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  • July 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm
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    Well done, mate, and I hope it all works out well. I’d like to know more about Ipswich’s “genuine resurgence” as the last time I visited to watch my football team play there the place seemed a bit rundown. Anyway, all the best.

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  • July 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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    Good luck young fella. Editing your home town paper is the best job in the world.

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  • July 25, 2016 at 7:48 am
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    Good luck in the role,presumably a stuctured business plan to halt its decline is in place and sufficient money and resources will be invested in the title to lessen your burden of taking over a paper that is a shadow of its old self and has lost its audience,i just hope its not a poisoned chalice like the handing over of the evening daily in Norwich

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  • July 26, 2016 at 7:27 am
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    Good luck with the new role Brad,with evening papers in a steep decline and the IES selling so few copies these days youll have your hands full trying to reverse the trend so i can oly wish you well in your endeavours

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