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Cancer claims assistant editor

Michael Chamberlain, assistant editor of Mid Somerset Newspapers, has died. He was 62. He died peacefully in hospital after a valiant fight against throat cancer which many thought he had won. He had already been back at his desk part-time

Where are they now? Don Mildenhall

Former Western Gazette editor Don Mildenhall may have retired in 1991, but he hasn’t been ‘taking it easy’. Since then Don has become involved in local government and has also been passing on his journalism skills to people in third

On the move

Bristol United Press finance director Andrew Calvert is to fill a newly-created Northcliffe group position of corporate development director. His new role will be to advise the board on mergers and acquisition strategy, competition compliance issues and risk management. Chief

Weekly Newspaper Awards 2000

The Newspaper Society’s Weekly Newspaper Awards 2000 were announced at a gala dinner in Newcastle after the Weekly Newspaper Conference. Here is the full list: Best advertisement feature – Paid-for weekly newspapers Winner: Somerset County Gazette Highly Commended: Luton News/Dunstable

"Terrific response" in search for new Whitby editor

Interviews for a new editor of the Whitby Gazette are currently taking place. David Penman, editorial director of Johnston Press’s Yorkshire Regional Newspapers, said there had been “a terrific response” to advertisements for a successor to Phil Pledger. Applications had

Chronicle man exposes drug dealing by Big Issue sellers

Success came swiftly for Evening Chronicle reporter Owen McAteer when he set out to investigate drug dealing by Big Issue sellers in Newcastle. He had been tipped off by a contact that Big Issue sellers were peddling drugs in Northumberland

News In Brief – from around the regions

A REAL HANDFUL: Pensioner Godfrey Hill has been called The Messiah, an alien and a freak – because he has a thumb and five fingers on each hand. The 72-year-old retired engineer has hexadactyly. The condition is said to affect

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Best publisher organised event – weekly newspapersWinner: West Lothian Courier – Livingston F.C. Open DayHighly commended: Morecambe Visitor – The Night Before ChristmasCertificate of merit: Oxford Times Series – In Business Exhibition Best in-paper reader offer – daily/Sunday newspapersWinner: Evening

Together we can boost sales

Teamwork between editorial, sales and promotions is the key to boosting regional newspaper sales. That will be one of the key messages at the Newspaper Society’s two-day annual newspaper sales conference which started in Manchester today. More than 300 delegates

Western Gazette saves families from eviction

The Western Gazette, in Somerset, has intervened to save 14 families from eviction. The newspaper got involved after the families were told that the tenancies on their rented houses were being ended. But the tenants said they had moved into

Rivals boost appeal total

Money is rolling in for the Yeovil Express Fund A Scanner Today Appeal – and the latest donation came from a most unlikely source. Its Northcliffe-based weekly rival, the Western Gazette, has sent in a cheque for £1,000 to take