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Regional daily digital editor takes up new national newspaper role

Michelle HurstA regional daily’s digital editor is moving on after landing a new senior production role with a national newspaper.

Michelle Hurst, left, is leaving the Grimsby Telegraph and its sister weekly the Scunthorpe Telegraph to become production editor for the Daily Telegraph as part of a new team based at the Press Association in Howden.

Michelle is a former deputy editor of the Grimsby Telegraph and has spent a total of 28 years with the paper.

She will be replaced in Grimsby by Jamie Macaskill, executive editor at the Telegraph’s Trinity Mirror sister title the Hull Daily Mail, who begins the role on Monday.

Said Michelle: “I feel privileged and proud to have spent almost three decades of my career at the Grimsby Telegraph – the only daily newspaper in Lincolnshire that quite rightly holds its head up high – and, although it will be difficult to leave, I will take with me absolutely fantastic memories and friendships.”

Jamie added: “The Grimsby Telegraph, Scunthorpe Telegraph and their websites are an integral part of their communities and I’m looking forward to helping a hard working team achieve even more success online and in print. Hopefully, my experience will help me with this new and exciting challenge.”

Other recent job moves in the regional press include the following:

* Joe Riddle has been announced as the new editor of three of Newsquest’s weekly titles in Hampshire. Previously news editor at the Salisbury Journal, Joe is now editor of the Journal, the Basingstoke Gazette and the Andover Advertiser. The Gazette and Advertiser were formerly part of Ian Murray’s portfolio in his role as editor-in-chief for Newsquest Hampshire before he left the group earlier this year, while Bill Browne, who takes on the role of editor-in-chief and publisher at Joe’s titles, was the previous editor of the Journal.

* Daniel Prince has been promoted to senior reporter at Johnston Press North East working across The Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail

* Gareth Hanna has left his role as sports reporter at the News Letter and sports editor at weekly sister titles the Banbridge Leader and Dromore Leader to join the Belfast Telegraph as digital sports reporter.

* Andy McCue has joined Yorkshire Business Insider as business editor. He was previously a freelance writer and editor for Collective Content.

On the move yourself?  Let us know at editor@htfp.co.uk.