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Daily’s editor quits for new role with weight loss firm

Julie BayleyA regional daily editor is leaving her role to take up a new post with a weight loss organisation.

Julie Bayley has announced her departure from the Derby Telegraph and its Derbyshire Live sister website after 14 months in charge.

Julie, who has worked for the Telegraph for 26 years, will leave on 12 March to take up a new role as group digital editor at Slimming World’s headquarters in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Chris Mallett, currently her deputy, will be appointed acting editor until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Julie, pictured, said: “The last 26 years have been amazing and my decision to leave hasn’t been an easy one to make.

“I’ll certainly miss the buzz of the newsroom, especially when something big breaks, but mostly I’ll miss the talented and dedicated team of people at Reach who, day in, day out, pour their hearts and souls into telling great stories.

“Now I’m ready for a new challenge and I’m hopeful that the next chapter of my career, helping people in their weight loss journey as digital editor for Slimming World, will be as every bit as fulfilling as the last.”

In her new role, she will lead a team of writers, sub-editors and production staff at Slimming World.

Marc Reeves, Reach plc’ editor in chief for the Midlands, said: “Julie has shown incredible leadership in Derbyshire, building both the site and the team, and driving the kind of growth that is underpinning the sustainability of local journalism in the East Midlands. She will be an exceptionally hard act to follow.”


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  • February 20, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Good on her. She’s obviously fed up with having no subs!

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  • February 20, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Slimming World’s press office is already a major source of ‘news’ for Reach titles in our neck of the woods so it’s the obvious next step.

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  • February 21, 2020 at 11:04 am

    It’s not just Reach @Steerpike, my local daily is a SW PR persons dream ,hardly a week goes by without yet another “ local woman’s amazing weight loss” piece passed off as news

    Other slimming organisations are available

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  • February 21, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    From the Word furnace – when the dailies in your area used to have subs, rather than ‘page designers’, they used to limit the number of SW stories and also make sure than a group of random people didn’t always say exactly the same things! Uniformity of press releases is perhaps something which Ms Bayley might like to take a look at,,,

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  • February 21, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Many congratulations, Julie! You are joining a wonderful company that changes lives, and I’m sure you’ll love it. Well done to you, too, Chris. Amazing to see how far you’ve come from the days I subbed your copy when you were a trainee reporter! Richly deserved. Andie xxx

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  • February 21, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Random people saying the same thing is probably seen as a benefit there now, saves time and any danger of creative thinking

    And subs rather than page designers, ah yes, those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end….

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