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Managing editor quits regional daily after four months as acting boss

Sara TaylorA regional daily’s interim editor will leave the newspaper on New Year’s Eve after 10 years of service.

Sara Taylor, left, has served as managing editor of the Oxford Mail for the past two years, and has been in charge of the paper on an acting basis since Gary Lawrence, who also edited Newsquest sister daily the Swindon Advertiser, left the company in August.

Since Gary’s departure, Sara had been responsible for the Mail while Advertiser deputy editor Michelle Tompkins took the reins in Swindon.

Pete Gavan is set to take over at the Advertiser on a permanent basis from 2 January, while Newsquest is planning to recruit a full-time editor for the Mail in the New Year.

Sara’s departure was announced by Newsquest Oxfordshire & Wiltshire managing director Chris Moore in a memo to staff on Wednesday which has been seen by HTFP.

Wrote Chris: “Sara has been managing editor of the Oxford Times, Oxford Mail and our stable of weekly newspapers, magazines and websites for the past two years, having previously been deputy editor.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to Sara for her contribution to the business and acknowledge her journalistic skills, integrity and leadership of the department has been a major factor in the achievements of our portfolio – from helping the Oxford Mail achieve Newsquest News Brand of the Year 2017 to the editorial team being shortlisted in seven categories at the Regional Press Awards.

“We will be advertising for an editor/head of content for the Oxfordshire titles in the New Year and I hope you will join me in wishing Sara every success in the future.”

It is not yet known who will be taking over as the Mail’s acting editor during the recruitment process.

Newsquest has declined to comment further on the move.


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  • December 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

    One editor jumps ship in August then the incoming editor has had enough four months later, whatever’s going on at NQ these days?
    Then we have the MDs stock “fill in name of latest leaver here” comment in an all staff memo but no official line from the company,however perhaps like their ‘this is certainly not a year end cull of staff’ line this is nothing more than a local resignation and not a company wide sign of unrest or disillusionment.
    2018 is not shaping up too well is it

    Merry Christmas Sara and all good wishes for a happy successful and stable future post NQ

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  • December 22, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Every best wish for the future, Sara. Thank you for all your support during my three and a half years at the Oxford Mail.

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  • December 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

    The most interesting part of this story must remain a mystery it seems? Why leave so soon? Merry Xmas Sara, and all who make a living with NQ.

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