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Editor promoted following Newsquest buyout of weekly

Alan MarriottAn editor has been promoted following the purchase of his weekly newspaper by a regional publisher.

Newsquest has announced that Alan Marriott, who edits the Isle of Wight County Press, will now have the title of publisher at the paper.

Newsquest completed the buyout of the County Press in July after shareholders voted unanimously in favour of the move, despite calls by an island businessman, its MP and the National Union of Journalists for the deal to be delayed to allow an alternative local bid to be presented.

Alan, pictured, celebrated 10 years as editor in April this year.

He said: “We have a great, committed staff here at the County Press and I look forward to managing them as we create a new model under Newsquest ownership.”

Alan began his career as a trainee reporter at the Chester Observer in 1980, moving to the Isle of Wight in 1984 to become sports editor at the County Press.

He held a number of editorial production roles there prior to his appointment as editor in 2007.

In his new position, Alan will report to Newsquest Hampshire managing director Vincent Boni.

Vincent said: “I am delighted to see Alan step up to this important role.

“He has a love of island life, business and, of course, a commitment to maintain the quality and values of the County Press as we cultivate the digital opportunities for local enterprise.”

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  • November 10, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    Let’s all hope Newsquest doesn’t “maim” one of the most thorough and oldest papers in the UK, with staff cuts etc. leading to reduced decent coverage of the Isle of Wight. Newsquest doesn’t have a good record in recent years, say many. Alan has been there for a longish time and must hope he will not see damage inflicted around him.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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    Thoroughly old fashioned paper, in the most positive sense. Let it be.

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