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Editors moved to new roles in publisher’s bid to ‘fulfil audience ambitions’

Dominic BrownEditors have been redeployed to new roles in a regional publisher’s restructure that aims to fulfil the group’s “audience ambitions”.

Dominic Brown has been appointed editor-in-chief of National World’s Yorkshire weeklies group in a move that has also seen other editors in the region take up new head of audience positions.

Dominic, pictured, took on the editorship of the Dewsbury Reporter, Batley & Birstall News and Spenborough Guardian last year as part of a raft of changes by National World to its managerial structure.

The move saw dozens of newspapers across the country regain their own dedicated editors, many for the first time in years. However, the publisher has since gone on to reverse that trend in some areas.

Earlier this year, HTFP reported how the roles of Sheffield Telegraph and Doncaster Free Press editor had been made redundant – with Ellen Beardmore and Liam Hoden respectively leaving their posts as a result.

Halifax Courier editor Chris Lever has since been moved into a new position as head of audience for National World’s West Yorkshire Weeklies, while Matt Reeder has been appointed to the equivalent position in North Yorkshire.

In addition to his current titles, Dominic’s new role covers the Halifax Courier, Brighouse Echo, Todmorden News & Hebden Bridge Times, Wakefield Express, Pontefract & Castleford Express, Harrogate Advertiser Series, Scarborough News, Whitby Gazette, Bridlington Free Press, Pocklington Post and the Doncaster Free Press.

A National World spokeswoman told HTFP: “Dom Brown was promoted to editor-in-chief of our Yorkshire weeklies portfolio as part of our ongoing commitment to growing digital audiences.

“Dom will oversee all content commissioning and is responsible for delivering on our audience goals, alongside his senior team.

“This is not as a result of any other editors leaving the business, rather it is part of our continuous process to redesign and deploy our teams in order to fulfil our audience ambitions, whilst ensuring they continue their own career development.”