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Journalist lands top national role after leaving regional publisher in cutbacks

Jon RobinsonA regional business journalist whose job disappeared in a recent round of cutbacks has landed a senior national editorial role.

Jon Robinson, pictured, has been appointed UK editor at London-based business daily City AM as the newspaper aims to expand its presence outside of the capital.

His appointment comes after he left Reach plc, where he was interim North West business editor covering titles including Business Live, Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo.

As previously reported on HTFP, Jon was one of five regional business editors to depart following the announcement of 450 job cuts in November.

Jon has also previously worked as senior digital staff writer at Insider Media and was deputy news editor at Lancashire Telegraph.

He posted on X earlier this month: “Delighted to say that I’m starting a new position as UK editor at City AM. I’m looking forward to working with [editor] Andy Silvester and the team to grow the brand’s presence outside of London.”

Jon left Reach on 30 November along with fellow business editors Tom Pegden (East Midlands), Jon Robinson (North West), David Laister (North Lincs and Humber), Andrew Arthur (South West) and Lauren Phillips (Wales).

Their departures left BusinessLive with one dedicated reporter each covering Wales, the South West and the West Midlands, with copy from other regions being take directly from the ‘Live’ network.

Posting on his departure in November, Jon said: “I’ve really enjoyed providing exclusive and agenda-setting stories and interviews for the likes of Business Live, the Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo as well as the Daily Express and Daily Mirror during my tenure as North West business editor.

“Thanks to all the business leaders who have given up their time to speak to me about their successes and failures, the PRs and communications professionals for their insight and understanding and, most of all, everyone who has read even just one of my stories.

“For now, I’m looking forward to taking some time off before starting a really exciting role in January.”

Reach has previously declined to comment on the BusinessLive departures or give further details on how the site will operate from now on.