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Reporter jumps ship to take executive role as rival paper launches

Ami WyllieA reporter has taken up an executive role at a new newspaper launched in direct competition with her previous employer.

Ami Wyllie has left Devon Live to join Clear Sky Publishing’s new venture the Mid Devon Weekly as content executive.

Clear Sky has launched the free title to cover areas including Tiverton, where Devon Live owner Reach plc runs the paid-for Mid Devon Gazette.

Ami, pictured, will also work for the North Devon Gazette and The Moorlander in her new role, which she began last week after 11 months with Reach.

Although she will not have the title of editor as yet, she will be in charge of local content for the new publication.

Posting on her LinkedIn page, she wrote: “This role will be focused on positive, uplifting, community-led news that prioritises solutions rather than focusing on the problems.

“Of course I’ll still be filing Freedom of Information requests and holding power to account where necessary, but I want to explore what makes Mid Devon the incredible community it is.

“It’s a huge step up in responsibility, but I’m so thankful for the Clear Sky team for trusting me with this opportunity.”

Linda Weller, formerly of Archant, will serve as sales executive on the Weekly, having joined Clear Sky last year.

The new title officially began life in March and has a free print run of around 8,000.

It is delivered to targeted homes around Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton, while it is also available for sale in some villages at a cover price £1.

Clear Sky co-founder and managing director Chris Coward told HTFP the Weekly has been “very well received by local community” so far, with a “growing list of local contributors”.