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Sports editor hails ‘power’ of local journalism as he takes redundancy

sb1A regional sports journalist has praised the ‘power and impact’ of regional journalism after announcing his decision to take voluntary redundancy from a leading city daily.

Sean Bradbury, left,  sports content editor at the Liverpool Echo, revealed his departure from the paper with a post on social media platform ‘X’.

He is the latest in a line of sports journalists who have left the Reach group in the wake of the publisher’s plans to cut 450 jobs, including 320 editorial roles.

Confirming to HTFP that he had decided to take voluntary redundancy with the ‘time feeling right to move on’ he said he was now looking forward to the next chapter in his career.

His post on ‘X’ praised the efforts of his colleagues and for the power of regional journalism, giving special thanks to Echo editor Maria Breslin.

Wrote Sean: “The paper was in my house every day growing up. It’s been a privilege to work across all teams and finish with almost five ‘seasons’ covering sport.

“I’m proud to have played a part and will move on with plenty of great memories. Far too many people for me to thank for their help and advice since 2010… But a special mention to  @JoeRimmer88, @xxnapoleonsolo and @mariabreslin. Last boss, first boss and the boss.

“Time for me to try something new, but… Regional journalism is where so many vital stories start. l’ll always be a big believer in its power and impact. Everyone at the Echo is doing their best for Liverpool in tough times for the industry. Please keep reading and supporting.”

Maria replied with her own tribute to Sean, writing on ‘X’: “So many happy memories of working with you Sean and one of the most talented people ever part of my team.

“Those digital team days were special and so much fun. You are such a special person and a real innovator. Wish you the best and the Echo will miss you enormously.”

The future of sports coverage under Reach has been called into question in recent weeks with the departure of key football and rugby league writers across Yorkshire Live.

Nathan Hemmingham covered his final Premier League game for Sheffield United last Saturday, while his Sheffield Wednesday colleague Ricky Charlesworth also left his role last week.

HTFP revealed last week that Hull Daily Mail rugby league reporter Joe Appleyard had announced on ‘X’ that his role reporting on Hull Kingston Rovers, had been axed along with that of Hull FC man Dan Tomlinson.

And two senior sports journalists, women’s football editor Laura Hartley and Joe Mewis, football content editor for Chronicle Live, Leeds Live, Gazette Live, Yorkshire Live and Hull Live, were also among those leaving on Thursday.