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Regional editorial chief to bow out after 44 years in industry

nigel-pickoverOne of regional journalism’s most senior figures has announced he is to retire at Christmas after 44 years in the industry.

Nigel Pickover, pictured, is to step down as editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press at the end of the year.

A former president of the Society of Editors, Nigel has held a number of senior roles with regional publisher Archant including editing three of its daily titles – the EDP, Norwich Evening News and Ipswich Star.

Before returning to regional journalism in the 1990s, Nigel enjoyed a career in national newspapers, working for the Daily Express, Sunday Express and the Daily Mail.

Nigel began his career as a trainee reporter at The Star in Sheffield, and also worked on the Yorkshire Evening Press before joining Archant.

He will continue his association with the EDP after his retirement after accepting the honorary title of editor emeritus.

Said Nigel:  “I’m thrilled that a great friendship forged on our brilliant daily newspapers will continue with what I believe is the best company in the regional press.

“It’s been hectic, challenging, demanding and 24/7 as the newspaper industry continues to evolve.  Above all we have fought and won many campaigns for our communities and I have enjoyed complete editorial freedom, a priceless gift.”

Nigel’s career highlights include helping to raise more than £130,000 for Norfolk and Suffolk flood victims and the EDP’s successful SOS campaign against major cuts to the fire service.

While in Ipswich he launched the Somebody’s Daughter memorial fund after the killings of five street workers 10 years ago – which helped to fund a new refuge in the county.

Nigel also acts as trustee on the Terri Calvesbert Fund – an appeal he set up for a badly burned baby after a house fire in the 1990s – which has raised more than £600,000 for Terri’s future.

An announcement on Nigel’s successor as EDP editor will be made in due course.

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