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Editor leaves weeklies after six months for new PR role

Ed Oldfield 2022

An editor has moved on to a new comms role after six months running two sister weeklies.

Ed Oldfield has left the Wellington Weekly News and West Somerset Free Press to take up an engagement and communications officer post with Torbay Council.

Ed, pictured, joined the Tindle-owned Weekly News and Free Press in December.

A successor is now being sought and the job is being advertised on HTFP here.

Ed began his career in Plymouth in 1985 on the Western Morning News and subsequently worked for the Birmingham Daily News, London’s Camden Chronicle and The Orcadian, in the Orkney Islands, before returning to the West Country with the Mercury series, in Somerset.

From 1991 to 1993 he worked at the Western Gazette, in Yeovil, before an eight-year stint with the WDP.

Between 2001 and 2018 Ed held various senior production roles across Devon for Reach forerunners Northcliffe and Trinity Mirror, working across titles including the Exeter Express & Echo, WMN and WDP.

He was appointed social media editor at the Express & Echo in 2016 and took on the same role when Trinity Mirror launched Devon Live the following year.

Ed then spent six months in a Plymouth-based head of audience position before becoming local democracy reporter for Torbay and Plymouth in September 2018.

He later became agenda editor for Reach plc in Devon and Cornwall, covering politics and public affairs for titles including Cornwall Live, Devon Live and Plymouth Live, before moving to Tindle.