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Sister dailies’ editor quits to take top council comms job

BradJonesThe editor of two sister dailies is leaving his role to take up a top local government communications job.

Brad Jones will bid farewell to the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star next month to become head of communications at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.

Brad, pictured, has served as the editor of either one or both of the Archant titles since 2016 in a career with the publisher that has lasted more than a quarter of a century.

His current job is being advertised by Archant’s new owner Newsquest and can be found here.  Whoever gets the job will become only the tenth editor in the EADT’s history.

Speaking to HTFP, Brad said: “I’ve loved my time at the EADT and Ipswich Star, and worked with some fantastic people.

“I feel particularly lucky to have edited the titles too. I wish them all the best in the future.

“While I’m sad to be leaving after so long, I’m really looking forward to this new challenge.”

Posting about Brad’s departure on Twitter, Newsquest editorial director Toby Granville wrote: “Really sad to see Brad Jones go.

“He’s a great editor and a top bloke – and the door is always open at Newsquest.”

Ipswich-born Brad previously served for a decade as news editor of the two sister dailies before first taking on the Star in 2016.

At the time, he became the title’s first dedicated editor in four years after its editorship was merged with that of the EADT in 2012.

However, Brad subsequently added the EADT to his portfolio in 2017 following the retirement of its long-serving editor Terry Hunt.

Last year, the two editorships were briefly divided again after Natalie Sadler was appointed editor of the Star, with Brad retaining responsibility for the EADT, but he has overseen both titles again since Natalie left her role in January this year.

Archant had initially advertised for a direct replacement for Natalie when her departure was first announced, but it appears the two roles will now once again remain merged.