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Editor quits daily to take on weeklies as incumbent leaves after 15 years

Richard ButtAn editor has left a regional daily to take charge of a group of weeklies whose own editor has stepped down after almost 15 years in charge.

Dion Jones has moved from the North Wales Daily Post to take over from Richard Butt, who has handed over the reins at Tindle-owned Media Isle of Man after 14 years and 51 weeks in the job.

The group’s titles on the island include the Isle of Man Examiner, Manx Independent and the Isle of Man Courier, along with the Isle of Man Today website.

Richard, pictured, is retaining his connection to the titles in a new role as contributing editor. He will concentrate on special projects, commercial features and the group’s Working Week and Food and Farming sections.

Posting about his move on X, Richard wrote: “Beginning my new job today as contributing editor.

“Away from the hurlyburly and concentrating on special projects and our Working Week and Food and Farming sections.”

Dion had run the Reach plc-owned Daily Post and its North Wales Live sister website since 2020 and was the first Welsh-speaking editor in the newspaper’s 165-year history.

North Wales Live deputy brand editor Alex Hickey has taken over from Dion following his move to the Isle of Man.

From November 2022 until May this year, Dion was also responsible for Lancs Live and Cumbria Live as part of his role. Ian Hughes subsequently took charge of those titles.