LONG-serving East Anglian Daily Times editor Terry Hunt is to retire at the end of September.
Hunt has held the position for the past 21 years. He joined Eastern Counties Newspapers (now Archant) as a trainee reporter in 1979, and is the longest-serving regional daily newspaper editor in the country.
He has also edited the Ipswich Star for a total of six years in two spells.
In an article announcing Hunt’s decision on the EADT website, Archant chief executive Jeff Henry said that the EADT had enhanced its reputation as a trusted, campaigning newspaper that fights for local communities under Hunt's editorship. It has also fully embraced the digital age, with a website that attracts huge and fast-growing audiences.
Hunt said: “It’s been a huge privilege to do this job. I’m a Suffolk boy, and to be the editor of the newspaper which serves my home county, and the places I care about most, has been a great honour. I’m only the eighth editor of the EADT in 143 years, so I count myself extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity.
“It’s the job of a good local newspaper to use its influence to bring about positive change in its patch. I hope under my editorship the EADT has fulfilled that role, and has also accurately reflected the way life is in Suffolk and Essex.
“It’s been exciting, unpredictable and often challenging. But not once in the last 21 years has a single day dragged.”
He will continue to write columns for the EADT and EADT Suffolk Magazine.
Archant chief content officer Matt Kelly said: “Terry is an editor of huge talent and a man who stands synonymous with the great newspaper that he has edited for so many years.
“He also happens to be a wonderful leader who has built an exceptional team.”
Jeff Henry, Archant chief executive, said: “Terry is a great campaigning editor and an inspirational mentor.
“Like the very best editors, he combines calm authority and impeccable decision-making with real passion for his patch, for his paper, and for his staff.
“An outstanding print journalist, he has adapted capably to changes in our industry and is currently presiding over record growth for the EADT’s digital brands.”
Brad Jones, Ipswich Star editor, will expand his role to take day to day responsibility for the EADT, as acting EADT editor. He will be supported by Steve Anglesey, content director for East Anglia.
Pictured: Terry Hunt became the first Honorary Fellow of University Campus Suffolk in November 2011