Bristol's Szecowka to edit Gulf title

Former Clifton Chronicle editor Stan Szecowka is moving to Bahrain to edit the Gulf Weekly, a lifestyle and listings newspaper published by the Al Hilal Group, which also publishes the Gulf Daily News.

The Gulf Weekly has a circulation of 30,000 in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Its website has 200,000 visitors a month.

Szecowka launched the Clifton Chronicle after leaving the Bristol Evening Post, where he was deputy editor in 2005. The paper ceased publishing after a year last June, but Szecowka has kept the company behind the paid-for weekly.

One of the Chronicle’s claims to fame was that it was the first regional paper to include a page in Polish, a move followed by papers in Reading, Southampton and Torquay. Since the Chronicle folded, Szecowka has edited the Anglo Polish Focus magazine in Bristol for the Anglo Polish Society.

He told Press Gazette: ‘The move to Bahrain is a whole new adventure and an exciting challenge. ‘I have a number of changes planned for the Gulf Weekly and want to sign up new columnists.’Szecowka takes up his new post this month. Before the Bristol Evening Post, Szecowka worked for the Hull Daily Mail and was named Yorkshire Journalist of the Year in 2000. He is a former news editor of the Derby Evening Telegraph and also worked for the Lincolnshire Echo, the Banbury Cake and Milton Keynes Mirror.

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