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Deputy editor rejoins daily after being poached from weekly

Roderick McMurrayA weekly newspaper’s deputy editor has rejoined a regional daily to serve in the same role.

The Belfast News Letter has appointed Roderick McMurray to be its second in command.

Roderick, pictured, previously served as news editor at the News Letter before moving to become deputy editor of the Courier in 2019.

His appointment comes after News Letter deputy editor Ben Lowry was promoted to become editor of the paper, following the departure of Alistair Bushe to Reach plc.

Roderick began his career on the Courier and then spent 13 years on the News Letter, prior to moving back the other way.

The News Letter has also announced the appointment of Henry McDonald as its political editor.

Henry has previously worked for The Guardian, The Observer, the Sunday Times, BBC, Irish News and Sunday News.

Henry’s predecessor Sam McBride left the News Letter last year to become Northern Ireland editor at the rival Belfast Telegraph.

Ben said: “I am delighted to have Rod and Henry joining us.

“It is a real vote of confidence in the paper that we are recruiting such high calibre journalists, and all the more reason for readers to subscribe.”