AddThis SmartLayers

Daily regains its own dedicated editor after two years

Sam DimmerA regional daily has regained its own dedicated editor after a period of more than two years without one.

Sam Dimmer, pictured, has been appointed to run the Derby Telegraph and its Derbyshire Live sister website.

Sam, pictured, has held a number of senior posts with Telegraph publisher Reach plc, including his most recent role as senior customer editor for the East Midlands.

The Telegraph had been without its own editor since September 2020, when the role was combined with that of Nottingham Post and Lincolnshire Echo editor in a restructure.

Under the new arrangements, Natalie Fahy will continue to edit the Post and the Echo, along with their associated web titles Nottinghamshire Live and Lincolnshire Live.

Sam will report to Natalie in his new role.

Speaking to HTFP, Sam said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to edit Derbyshire Live and the Derby Telegraph.

“I’ve worked with the team now for some time so I know how dedicated they are to the patch and the people who make it tick.

“Derbyshire is a brilliant place, with a city that is in the process of reinventing itself and countless beautiful places that attract tourists from across the country.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know it better and doing all I can to help my talented journalists cover the area to the best of our ability.”

Sam began his career as a reporter on the Hinckley times in 2006 after training at Cardiff University.

He moved on to the Coventry Telegraph in 2009, where he spent seven years in roles including crime reporter and content editor.

From 2017 to 2020, Sam was digital development editor at the Leicester Mercury and then had a nine-month stint as acting digital editor at the Nottingham Post.

This was followed by a promotion to Reach’s audience editor for Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln in September 2020, with him taking up his most recent role in August last year.

The Telegraph’s last dedicated editor was Chris Mallett, who had run the newspaper on an interim basis for seven months following the departure of Julie Bayley.

Chris was made editor of Northants Live in the September 2020 restructure and has since become deputy group wire editor at Reach.