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Editor bounces back after taking redundancy with new PR job

Philip Bowern 2023A regional editor who took voluntary redundancy last month has bounced back with a new job.

Philip Bowern has joined Exeter-based public relations consultancy KOR Communications following his departure from the Western Morning News.

Philip, pictured, edited the WMN for three years before leaving after 34 years of service with the Plymouth-based newspaper as part of a round of cuts by its publisher Reach plc.

He takes on the role of specialist content writer at KOR with a brief to “shine a light on how Britain’s landowners are addressing the most pressing social and environmental challenges”.

Philip said: “I’m really excited to pursue my rural affairs specialism which I’m deeply passionate about, by continuing to use my journalistic skills in interviewing and writing.

“I understand the issues faced by those working in the countryside and recognise the importance of promoting that work. I’m also very aware of what can go wrong when there’s a lack of awareness, understanding or support for the management of the countryside.”

KOR’s clients include a number of Britain’s largest landed estates, The Jockey Club, insurance firm NFU Mutual and Singapore-based hotel developer Fragrance Group.

KOR managing director Annette Richman said: “Philip’s appointment further strengthens the KOR team. His sector knowledge, coupled with his exemplary writing and commentary, is warmly welcomed by our clients.

“His ability to examine the facts and present them in a compelling way for print and online will certainly help raise further awareness and understanding of our clients’ vital work, particularly as the opportunities for self-published content continue to expand.”