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Editor wins new role months after being poached from rival

Gavin FosterAn editor who was poached from a regional daily by a rival publisher earlier this year has been promoted to a new role.

Gavin Foster has been unveiled as the editor of Reach plc’s Newcastle-based Chronicle Live brand, which hosts the online presence of daily newspapers The Chronicle and The Journal.

Gavin, pictured, was previously head of print and curation at JPIMedia daily the Sunderland Echo prior to making the switch six months ago to take charge of the Reach’s new Sunderland Live and Durham Live titles.

He will retain responsibility for those titles in his new role, but HTFP has sought clarification from Reach on whether he will also take charge of the day-to-day running of The Chronicle and The Journal in the post.

Announcing his new position, Gavin posted on Twitter: “Thrilled to be appointed editor [of Chronicle Live] and excited to get the chance to lead such a talented and committed team of journalists.

“Will still oversee Sunderland Live and Durham Live, which have made a fantastic impact in their first six months.”

Gavin’s predecessor Helen Dalby was promoted to audience and content director for the North-East of England and Yorkshire as part of a management shake-up announced by Reach in July.

In a separate move, Leeds Live publisher Matt Millington has stepped down from his role after two-and-a-half years in charge.

HTFP understands Matt’s departure is not related to the ongoing company restructure.

Matt posted on Twitter: “Just a note to say it’s been a big few days, as I’ve now said goodbye to my role at Reach.

“The journey as publisher for LeedsLive has been incredible, leading an amazing team to see our audience grow and grow. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen.”

In reply, Reach Regionals audience and content director Ed Walker wrote: “Good luck with whatever comes next Matt.

“You have the most exceptional video and visual storytelling skills of anyone I’ve ever worked with.

“Take care of yourself and always be proud of what you and team did at Leeds Live.”

Huddersfield Daily Examiner editor Wayne Ankers added: “You’ve been an absolute star. Great working with you and you’ve made it easy.

“Such dedication and commitment to telling stories in different ways. Will miss you. Good luck.”

A direct replacement for Matt has not yet been announced.