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Journalist pleased to join ‘permanently-staffed’ newsroom after leaving daily

Joe LockerA local democracy reporter is looking forward to joining a “permanently-staffed” newsroom after leaving a regional daily for another title in the same city.

Joe Locker has joined Notts TV under the BBC-funded scheme, having previously been agenda editor at the Nottingham Post.

Joe, pictured, replaces another former Post journalist in Matt Jarram after taking one of three LDR roles contracted to Notts TV.

He also becomes the fourth LDR to have joined the local television station from his old employer since it won the contract to cover Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council from Post publisher Reach plc.

Notts TV announced an expansion of its office space earlier this year following Reach’s decision to close its ‘hub’ office in Nottingham and replace it with a new ‘meeting space’ for journalists in the city.

Speaking to HTFP, Joe said: “I’ll be eternally grateful to the Nottingham Post and everyone I’ve worked with over the four years I’ve been there, where there have been countless opportunities for growth both as a journalist and as a person.

“It’s a huge privilege to join the LDRS, while working at Notts TV from the city’s last remaining permanently-staffed independent newsroom.”

Oliver Pridmore has been promoted to agenda editor at the Post following Joe’s departure.