Two rival daily editors have been named among the 10 most influential media figures in the region they serve by a city weekly.
The Birmingham Post has ranked Birmingham Mail editor Marc Reeves and Keith Harrison, of the Express & Star, Wolverhampton, on its ‘Power 250′ list of the most influential people in the West Midlands.
Marc, who has editorial responsibility for both the Mail and Post in his role as editor-in-chief for Trinity Mirror Midlands, was among those to select the list along with Graeme Brown, the Post’s agenda and business editor, and experts from a variety of sectors in the region.
Other figures to feature in the media section of the list include Birmingham Press Club chairman Ed James and Michelle Gesell, who was appointed regional managing director of Trinity Mirror West Midlands following the company’s takeover of Local World.
She was previously managing director of Local World’s Staffordshire titles, including Stoke-based daily The Sentinel.
BBC Radio Five Live presenter Adrian Goldberg, a former columnist for the Mail, also features.
he entry for Marc reads: “As editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror Midlands which publishes the Birmingham Post, the Birmingham Mail, of which he is also editor, and the Coventry Telegraph plus a host of other daily and weekly newspapers, Marc Reeves oversees the largest audience of any Midland media organisation.
“He has more than 25 years of experience in regional press and digital news outlets and is committed to developing regional news brands online and in print.”
Keith’s entry reads: “His brief when he took over the editorship was to modernise the news operation, which he has done with ‘multi-platform journalists’, greater online presence and removing complexity from the production of local editions.”
In a piece for the Post, Graeme said he hoped the list would “inspire debate”.
He added: “Despite a tough economic backdrop, Birmingham is starting to live up to its potential and that is because of the work of some exceptional people – many of whom the general public might not know.
“We decided to publish the Power 250 to shine a light on the people influencing our city and those moving things in the right direction.
“We also want to inspire debate about how the city can improve and the part its population has to play.”