Two regional editors have taken on new roles as part of a restructure which has seen four newpaper companion websites merge into a single county-wide platform.
As reported by HTFP last month, Trinity Mirror was set to create a single county-wide website for Devon, under the Devon Live branding, in a restructure which would also see the North Devon Journal editor’s role disappear.
Similar mergers have already taken place in Cornwall, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent and Lincolnshire.
The launch of the new site means a change of roles for two of Trinity Mirror’s senior editors in the South West region.
Patrick Phelvin, who was previously editor of the Express & Echo and Mid Devon Gazette, will now become editor of Devon Live.
Meanwhile Herald Express editor Jim Parker has now taken on the role of print editor for the Express & Echo, the Journal and the Gazette series in addition to his present responsibilities.
The Plymouth Herald retains its own dedicated website, the only TM title in Devon and Cornwall to do so.
In a message to readers, Patrick said: “We’re lucky enough to have some outstanding journalists working for us across news, sport and entertainment.”We hope to build a loyal audience that will be with us for many years to come by reporting on the issues which matter to them.”
He told HTFP: “A lot of hard work and considered thought has gone into the planning for Devon Live, and we’ve had a very good first day – early indications on audience numbers are very encouraging.”