Steven Thompson, left, has been unveiled as the new editor of the Lancashire Telegraph, based in Blackburn, which has not had a dedicated editor for two years.
Steven left the newsdesk of the Telegraph’s fellow Newsquest daily the Bolton News to go freelance in June 2016.
Both titles had been under the supervision of Newsquest North West group editor Ian Savage following the departure of previous Telegraph editor Kevin Young in July 2015.
Ian retains his group editor title but will now relinquish direct responsibility for the Telegraph, with Steven reporting directly to Newsquest North West managing director Nick Fellows.
Steven, who began his new role on Monday, told HTFP: “I’m delighted to be taking on the job. The Lancashire Telegraph is a great daily paper with a proud tradition. As a proud northern lad myself I’m over the moon to be asked to edit the title and I can’t wait to get cracking.”
Steven studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, before joining the News in 2008.
He served in a series of roles including political correspondent and food and drink correspondent before moving to London to work as an online reporter for Aviation Media’s Airport World and Routes News websites in 2012.
Steven returned to Bolton in July 2013 to become deputy news editor, and was promoted to news editor in September 2014.