Michael was previously deputy editor at the News and before that editor of Newsquest Gloucestershire.
He moved into the deputy editor’s role last year in a job swap with John Wilson, who now edits Michael’s old titles the Stroud News & Journal, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Gloucestershire Gazette.
As well as the News, Michael will also edit the weekly Malvern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter, Evesham & Cotswold Journal and the world’s oldest continuously published newspaper, Berrow’s Worcester Journal.
In a parallel announcement by publisher Newsquest, Worcester News head of content Stephanie Preece has been appointed editor of its Stourbridge division, which includes the Stourbridge, Halesowen & Dudley News, Bromsgrove & Droitwich Advertiser, The Shuttle and Redditch Advertiser.
Newsquest editorial development director Toby Granville said: “Michael and Stephanie are two extremely talented individuals who have already demonstrated their ability to be among the top performers for audience growth in 2017.
“I am delighted that they are now going to play an even bigger part in our future as the leaders in our Midlands South newsrooms.”
Julia Lancett, managing Director at Newsquest Midlands South added: “It is an exciting time for Michael and Stephanie to be leading the teams at our Midlands South titles. These are well-deserved promotions and I am looking forward to working with them.”
Michael takes up his new role with immediate effect, while Stephanie will take up hers on her return from maternity leave.