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Promoted editor returns to newspaper a year after leaving

Phil BramleyAn editor will return to the weekly newspaper he left a year ago after being promoted by its parent company.

Johnston Press has announced the promotion of Phil Bramley, left, to the role of group editor at its North Midlands newspapers, having served in the same position for the company’s four weeklies in South Yorkshire – the Doncaster Free Press, Sheffield Telegraph, South Yorkshire Times and Epworth Bells – since July 2015.

The move means he will resume his previous role in overall charge the Mansfield Chad, which he left to take the job in Yorkshire, as well as assuming responsiblity for his hometown paper the Chesterfield-based Derbyshire Times.

Other titles in the North Midlands portfolio include the Buxton Advertiser, Hucknall Dispatch, Matlock Mercury and Worksop Guardian.

As a result, Nancy Fielder, Phil’s predecessor in the North Midlands role, will now take on his South Yorkshire titles in addition to her present job as editor of Sheffield daily The Star.

The North Midlands portfolio had most recently been held on an acting basis by the group’s head of content Ashley Booker.

Announcing the promotion, JP Midlands editorial director Mark Edwards praised Phil’s “immense success” in increasing the South Yorkshire weeklies’ online audience.

Phil said: “”I’m delighted to be returning to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – an area that I know well from my previous time working on titles in the portfolio.

“Having lived in Chesterfield all my life, it’s a happy home-coming after having started my career in journalism as a trainee reporter at the Matlock Mercury and the Derbyshire Times many moons ago.”

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  • July 29, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Chesterfield?! Not sure how well that will go down with Stags fans.

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