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Benson steps down after 16 years in Trinity Mirror shake-up

neilbensonOne of the regional press industry’s most senior editorial executives is to step down after 16 years as part of a series of management changes by Trinity Mirror.

Neil Benson, left, is handing over the role of editorial director, regionals, to his deputy Alan Edmunds after 24 years with Trinity Mirror and 43 years in the industry.

Neil, who edited the Coventry Telegraph and Newcastle Chronicle before moving into his current role, says now is “the right time to hand over the reins.”

The changes also see regional digital publishing director David Higgerson promoted to the new role of digital editorial strategy director, with a brief extending across both regional and national titles.

Said Neil: “After 43 years in the industry and 24 years with Trinity Mirror, I feel now is the right time to hand over the reins.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with a hugely talented team, who I know will continue to tackle the challenges facing the industry with enormous commitment and skill.”

Neil will remain with the company until the end of the year in the role of group executive editor, working on a number of editorial projects.

Alan will report to group editor-in-chief Lloyd Embley in his new role while David will report to chief innovation officer Eirik Svendsen, with a dotted reporting line to Lloyd on editorial matters. They will take up their new roles from June 1.

Trinity has also announced a replacement for Mirror Online editorial director Pete Picton who has decided to leave the company to pursue a Masters degree.

Ben Rankin, currently editor of Mirror Online, will be promoted to editorial director Mirror Online, also reporting to Lloyd, on Pete’s departure.

Said Lloyd: “I would like to thank Neil and Pete for everything they have done for Trinity Mirror. They have both been at the heart of the great strides we have made in recent years.

“These are incredibly well-deserved promotions for Alan, David and Ben and I wish all three every success in their new roles.”


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  • May 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I worked with Neil Benson many years ago. He is a talented journalist and a nice person – two qualities that make him very different from most other newspaper executives, past and present. Good luck in the future.

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  • May 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Top, top bloke. Respected by all. A genuinely good guy, who has elegantly steered Trinity Mirror through extraordinary times editorially. He has outstanding people skills, and cares – and I wish him all the best.

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