A regional daily has ended its long-serving former editor’s weekly column due to what he has described as “austerity and cost-cuts”.
Perry Austin-Clarke, left, has written his final column for the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, which he edited from 1992 to 2017.
At the time of his departure from the editor’s chair, Perry was the longest-serving regional daily editor in the United Kingdom.
It was reported that he would continue to be associated with the T&A, writing for the newspaper and working on some “special projects”.
However, he has now bid farewell as a columnist in a final piece in which he discussed the topics of books and reading.
In the column, published yesterday, Perry wrote: “A column about books and reading, which inspired my journalism career choice more than 40 years ago, seems a good subject on which to say my farewells as a weekly columnist with the Telegraph & Argus.
“Yes, this is my final missive – not by choice but because austerity and cost-cuts also affect newspapers and, therefore, former long-standing editors. I’ve enjoyed writing for you and I’m grateful for all the (mainly positive) feedback and support.
“Given this week is all about books, I’d like to end by quoting the title of the fourth volume in Douglas Adams’s brilliant trilogy, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which somehow seems appropriate.
“It’s based on the message left by the dolphins when they departed Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass: ‘So long – and thanks for all the fish.'”
HTFP has approached the Telegraph & Argus for a comment.