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