Two senior executives with publisher Trinity Mirror are leaving their roles after lengthy careers in the regional press.
It is understood that the two departures are unrelated.
A veteran of 40 years in the industry, Steve was regional managing director for Northcliffe’s South West division until the role disappeared in a 2011 restructure.
Weeks later, he bounced back as MD of Trinity’s West Midlands titles, which include the Birmingham Mail, and has since held a number of senior roles within its regional operation.
Like Steve, Blanche also rose through the management ranks at Northcliffe/Local World before being appointed commercial director of LW in November 2013.
She continued to hold the same role at the enlarged group following the takeover.
Steve’s departure was announced in an internal email to staff which has been seen by HTFP.
It said: “Steve’s energy and enthusiasm for local media is infectious and his considerable knowledge and experience will be greatly missed by his colleagues in Trinity Mirror.
“He has made a significant contribution to the regional press, mostly in senior management roles and is highly regarded and respected in the industry.
Steve added: ‘I’ve lived and worked through both the best and the worst of times for our industry but the one common thread throughout is the great and talented people I’ve had the privilege of working with along the way. I wish them every future success in an ever changing media landscape.”
A Trinity Mirror spokesman said: “Blanche and Steve’s energy and passion for the regional media business has seen them consistently deliver results for Trinity Mirror.
“We wish them both the very best for the future.”