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News chief leaves publisher for second time for editorial manager role

064637-1_ channon  28/10/06  (IH)Colin Channon - Observer series.An editor has left a regional publisher for the second time after landing a new role in charge of a group of weeklies.

Colin Channon, left, has announced his departure from the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer, which he has edited since November 2015.

The Advertizer, formerly owned by NWN Media, was among 13 of the company’s titles taken over by Newsquest last year.

It is the second time Colin has left Newsquest, having previously spent eight months in 2014 as editor Newsquest sister titles the Colchester Daily Gazette and Basildon-based daily The Echo.

He is now taking up a new role as editorial manager of Tindle Newspapers’ Surrey and Hampshire titles, which include the six-edition Farnham Herald series, the Surrey & Hants News, also six editions, and the Meon Valley News.

The move marks a return to familiar pastures for Colin who began his career at the Portsmouth News and was for many years editor of the Johnston Press-owned Chichester Observer.

It also marks a reunion with former senior JP executive Danny Cammiade, who is now chief executive of Tindle Newspapers,

Colin confirmed his departure for “pastures new” in a farewell column published in last week’s edition of the Advertizer.

He wrote: “Well, as they used to say at the end of cartoons (and I’m showing my age here)… that’s all folks.

“After three years in the editor’s chair; it’s time to move on. And I’ll be very sorry to say goodbye to the town that has made me so welcome.”

Paying tribute to various organisations in Oswestry, Colin added: “Thanks everyone, I’ve loved the past three years.”

Nick Fellows, managing director of Newsquest North West & North Wales said: “Colin is leaving us to join Tindle Newspapers and we wish him all the best for the future.”

HTFP has also asked Newsquest for details on who will be replacing Colin as editor of the Advertizer but the company has yet to respond.