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Echo and Gazette to get new editors

The Sunderland Echo is to get a new editor as Andrew Smith steps aside to concentrate on a new role within the company. He will become full-time editorial director of Northeast Press Ltd, and will be succeeded by Rob Lawson,

Echo veteran retires

Deric Walker, deputy editor of the Sunderland Echo, has retired after 35 years with the paper. Deric joined the Echo as a trainee reporter after leaving school, and after qualifying he moved from a district office to the paper’s head

Five new members for editors' committee

Andrew Smith, editor of the Sunderland Echo and Simon Bradshaw, editor of the Brighton Evening Argus, are among five new members to join the Society of Editors’ Parliamentary and Legal Committee. Also joining are Sue Ryan, managing editor of The

Good news on readership from two titles

Leicester Mercury editor Nick Carter is delighted with the progress of his paper eight months after its major redesign. A readership survey says that 13,000 more people are reading the newspaper daily than was the case 12 months before. Mr

Sunderland Echo dominance confirmed

The Sunderland Echo’s dominance of the local media scene is confirmed by new research. On average, 126,000 people – 47 per cent of the adult population in the circulation area – read the Echo every day. That means it is

Third time lucky for Echoas thug is named

The Sunderland Echo has finally won the right to name a teenage tearaway who has terrorised Wearside. City magistrates lifted the ban which protected the identity of 16-year-old Daniel Sayers, of Tadcaster Road, Thorney Close, at the paper’s third attempt.

Press can name over-18s in youth courts, says High Court

Northeast Press has won a landmark ruling to name teenage offenders who appear before youth courts after they have reached the age of 18. The High Court said the test case of teenager David Lee Todd, who was named by

Victory for Echo's pensions fight

The South Wales Echo’s long-running campaign to win compensation for steelworkers who lost their pensions has paid off in spectacular fashion, benefiting millions of workers. The Government has announced a £400m fund to help 60,000 workers whose employers have gone

Echo gives hope

A ‘Scanner of Hope’ has been presented to Sunderland Royal Hospital following a successful Echo appeal. Former Coronation Street star Denise Welch officially presented the state-of-the-art scanner, which readers of the Sunderland Echo raised £150,000 to buy. The Echo launched

Mega-victory in Micra fight

Tony Blair has paid tribute to two North East papers for their part in the fight to get Nissan to build the new Micra in Sunderland. The Prime Minister sent his personal congratulations to both the Sunderland Echo and the