The chief reporter of the Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury has been named as the new editor of sister title the North Somerset Times.
Tom Wright had been filling the role on a secondment basis since editor Samantha Brindle left in June, publisher Archant said.
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In a press release announcing that he would be taking up the role permanently, group editor Simon Angear said: “Tom has worked in the Weston newsroom for the past four years, and has impressed us throughout that time with his commitment, creativity and integrity.
“Crucially, he grew up in the Times patch, so understands its issues and characters, while he is also a talented journalist who understands the expectations of our newsroom and our company.
“I have full confidence that he will prove a big success in the role, and his contribution will help ensure the Times goes on to enjoy further successes in the future.”
Wright said: “It is a very proud moment for me – not only to be trusted with my first editorship – but it also gives me a chance to focus on the area I grew up in and the place I call my home.
“Outgoing Times editor Samantha Brindle did a fantastic job in growing the paper over a number of years, meaning it is a great position to continue being highly successful in the future.
“I look forward to continue to work alongside colleagues from all departments in Weston over the coming weeks, months and years and ensuring the Times remains the much-loved and respected paper it has grown to be.”
The North Somerset Times recorded an average weekly circulation of 34,423 in 2014.