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Sister dailies to share editor again as news chief steps up

BradJonesTwo sister dailies will share an editor permanently again after a year of being overseen by different people.

Ipswich Star editor Brad Jones has now also taken on full-time responsibility for the East Anglian Daily Times, after a month in charge on an interim basis following the retirement of Terry Hunt.

Prior to his retirement, Terry spent four years in charge of both the EADT and the Star before Brad was given sole responsibility for the latter in a 2016 restructure.

Brad has worked for the titles’ publisher Archant for more than 20 years, including 10 years as the EADT’s news editor prior to his promotion last year.

In a piece announcing his new role, he paid tribute to the “enormous contribution” made by Terry to the newspaper and added it was a “dream come true” to take the helm from him.

Brad, who becomes the EADT’s ninth editor in its 143-year history, wrote: “It may be a rapidly changing media landscape, but our fundamental principles remain the same – the EADT must inform, surprise, entertain and connect with Suffolk’s many different communities on a regular basis.

“We can now do this in so many different ways in print and online. And it’s not just about reporting the news – we need to build bonds with communities, providing a voice and a platform. I want the EADT to celebrate our wonderful county but also use our power and influence to make a really positive difference and enhance people’s lives.

“Our brilliant team of journalists will continue to produce the most compelling and trusted content out there. That word “trusted” is really important at a time when we hear lots about ‘fake news’. And we want to continue to help our advertisers, our brilliant business community, reach a growing local audience.”

Archant’s decision to once again merge the editorships of its two Ipswich-based titles echoes a pattern set by its two Norwich-based dailies, the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

Nigel Pickover was responsible for both titles between 2012 and 2016, before David Powles was given control of the Evening News.

After Nigel retired at the end of last year, David then added the EDP to his portfolio.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 9:40 am
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    Tell me how this helps quality, again?
    Two different newspapers, that used to have different feels, approaches and news.
    And how is it I still love this industry, despite everything?

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  • October 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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    You can only wish him all the best as he will really need it, overseeing web sites which have failed to attract a paying commercial base and offer the news free on the back of all time low paper sales bought by a handful of people and are all but gone yet coming out with the ‘if only ‘ line about producing the most compelling and trusted content out there’
    Why Archant persist with ‘editors’ in name only and who have no real say in what goes in the papers or on the sites is beyond me unless it’s to have a human shield for the content chiefs who are the ones responsible for the generic and formulaic cloned pages and papers being passed off as ‘news papers these days
    Good luck Brad

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  • October 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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    Great choice and a top bloke. Well done Brad and hope you enjoy it.

    As usual the comments section reminds of Master Yoda

    “Disappointment leads to cynicism. Cynicism leads to bitterness. Bitterness leads to suffering.”

    And in the words of Obi Wan Kenobi, “Brad, these are not the journalists you are looking for.”

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  • October 27, 2017 at 7:50 am
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    “continue to help our advertisers, our brilliant business community, reach a growing local audience.”

    Have you actually seen the latest shocking ABCs for the EADT and IS Brad?
    Seriously time to face facts and take a reality check as the best way to achieve the above would be to recommend they advertise elsewhere ,however majority of local businesses know this and are doing that already.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 10:23 am
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    Of course we’d all like there to be two separate editors and countless reporters and subs and the rest of it. But that’s not really the point. Brad is clearly the best person for the job and will no doubt do the best job. Good luck.

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  • October 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    On the contrary, Bagpuss, these are exactly the journalists Archant DOES need – those with the ability and/or experience to be able to look beyond templates and say “This is simply not a story”, “It needs to be cut in half”, or “Why can’t we get some proper photos?”

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  • October 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm
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    Spot on @one time sub,Bagpus appears happy to toe the official line as most are until the spotlight moves into their world and the axe falls.
    Journalists, and more importantly,editors who are unafraid to speak up, will fight for their staff,their readers and their communities,who will oppose ridiculous policies and content briefs and who will rally against job cuts and unworkable staffing levels ARE exactly what the business needs but those qualities are no longer deemed necessary when editors are put in positions in name only and short term self destructive decisions are allowed to be rolled out unopposed.

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  • October 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    Instead of all these cozy sideways moves ,when will one publisher be bold enough to appoint an old school editor, one who’ll drag the papers up by their bootstraps,properly lead their teams and focus on bringing back the quality and grass roots level reporting so many people would be happy to pay for instead of this beige generic shared rubbish local papers are becoming more and nore filled with and being passed off as ‘news’?
    I think we all know the answer to that

    Sorry Brad but this isn’t a career move, it’s just a pat on the head to carry on dancing faster while others pull the strings.

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