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Daily loses dedicated editor nine months after role brought back

Sam DimmerA regional daily has lost its own dedicated editor for a second time – just nine months after the role was reintroduced.

The Derby Telegraph is now set to be without its own editor again when Sam Dimmer moves to become executive editor of its Reach plc sister titles the Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live.

Sam, pictured, had been in charge at the Telegraph and its Derbyshire Live companion website since November last year.

Prior to that, the Telegraph had been without its own editor for more than three years.

The role had been combined with that of Nottingham Post and Lincolnshire Echo editor in a September 2020 restructure.

As a result of Sam’s forthcoming move at the end of this month, Telegraph content editor George Allen will be promoted to head of content with responsibility for leading the digital team, with news reporter and life writer Ben Lyons moving to fill George’s current role.

The changes were revealed in an email to Reach’s East Midlands audience and content director Natalie Fahy, who has overall oversight of the group’s Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire titles.

Natalie said: “Sam Dimmer will be joining Nottinghamshire Live as executive editor on 31 July.

“Sam is currently the brand editor of Derbyshire Live and has worked with many of us over the years.

“He started his career at the Hinckley Times in 2006 and has since worked at the Coventry Telegraph and Leicester Mercury/Leicestershire Live.

“Since 2020 Sam has had a variety of roles across our cluster including audience editor and senior customer editor.”

Natalie also announced Rucsandra Moldoveanu will be joining the Nottingham team on 1 September as a trainee reporter, while a reporter vacancy in Derby is also set to be filled following Ben’s promotion.

She added: “Rucsandra has completed several work experience placements with our team already so I am sure she will hit the ground running straight away.”

Reach has declined to comment on the changes.