Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s leading local media group, has announced the appointment of two new editors at its Midlands South division.
With immediate effect, Michael Purton - currently deputy editor at Worcester and previously editor of Newsquest Gloucestershire - has been appointed to the role of editor for the Worcester Division.
This includes the daily news brand Worcester News in addition to the Malvern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter, Evesham & Cotswold Journal and the world’s oldest continuously published newspaper Berrow’s Worcester Journal.
Stephanie Preece, currently head of content for Worcester Division, is appointed editor across the Stourbridge Division. This includes the Stourbridge, Halesowen & Dudley News, Bromsgrove & Droitwich Advertiser, The Shuttle and Redditch Advertiser. Stephanie will take up her position following her return from maternity leave.
Toby Granville, editorial development director at Newsquest said: “Michael and Stephanie are two extremely talented individuals who have already demonstrated their ability to be among the top performers for audience growth in 2017. I am delighted that they are now going to play an even bigger part in our future as the leaders in our Midlands South newsrooms.”
Julia Lancett, managing director at Newsquest Midlands South said: “It is an exciting time for Michael and Stephanie to be leading the teams at our Midlands South titles. These are well-deserved promotions and I am looking forward to working with them.”