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Daily’s chief reporter leaves to take BBC radio and TV role

Cov GilbertA daily chief reporter who successfully campaigned to bring a football club back to its patch is leaving the newspaper to take a job in broadcasting.

Coventry Telegraph journalist Simon Gilbert, left, will become a political reporter working for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Midlands Today and Sunday Politics from 29 January.

Simon has worked at the Telegraph since July 2013, and has been chief reporter since August 2015.

During his time there, he led the Telegraph’s campaign to bring Coventry City FC back to Coventry after a spell in exile in Northampton following a dispute over the club’s stadium

Said Simon: “The Coventry Telegraph has an extraordinarily talented and hard-working team. They have produced outstanding results in exceptionally challenging circumstances – and I have no doubt they will continue to do so following my departure.

“It’s been a pleasure working with many of my current and former colleagues and I wish them all the best for the future.”

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

* The Press and Journal has announced a number of newsroom changes with Holyrood Correspondent Jennifer McKiernan becoming Westminster Correspondent and Calum Ross moving from the role of chief reporter for the Inverness and Highlands & Islands patch to replace her at Holyrood.  In addition Alastair Munro, previously Highlands & Islands Correspondent of The Scotsman, has joined the paper as a reporter.

* Kieran Davey has been made social media editor at Portsmouth daily The News while Mark Acheson, previously head of digital, has left the paper. Meanwhile Ben Fishwick, previously court and crime reporter, has been promoted to chief reporter.

* Shropshire Star chief reporter James Pugh has been made business and farming editor.

* Samantha Croal has moved from the Herald and Times , Glasgow, where she was online content editor, to join the Daily Record as a digital journalist.

* Thomas Haworth has been made political reporter at the Swindon Advertiser, replacing Chris Humphreys.

* Journalist Thomas Deacon has been promoted to senior reporter at Media Wales, working across WalesOnline.co.uk, Wales on Sunday, the Western Mail and  the South Wales Echo.

* Lucy Roue bas been appointed acting business editor of the Manchester Evening News, covering the role while Shelina Begum goes on maternity leave.

* Alex Moore, multimedia reporter at the Sheffield Star, has left the newspaper to join the creative agency Rock Kitchen Harris.

* James Robinson has been appointed as a reporter at the Hexham Courant.

* Samantha Booth, previously a senior reporter and content editor at the Croydon Advertiser, has joined the Islington Tribune as a senior reporter.

* Harriet Whitehead has left her role as a senior reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph to join news agency Mercury Press & Media.

* David Ross, who had served as Highland Correspondent of The Herald, Glasgow, since 1988, has retired.

* Tim Street has been appointed as a sports reporter at the Cambridge News, focusing on coverage of Cambridge United, semi professional and grassroots football clubs.

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