David Atkin new Scunthorpe Telegraph editor

Scunthorpe Telegraph deputy editor David Atkin has been appointed editor following the departure of Mel Cook.

Northcliffe Media announced Cook was leaving the paper last month to take up the editorship of the Nottingham Post, following the departure of Malcolm Pheby after six years in the role.

Last year the Telegraph became one of five Northcliffe dailies that were converted to weeklies.

Atkin began his career in 1995 as a reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph, moving to the Lancashire Evening Post two years later.

He returned to return to Scunthorpe in 1998 before joining the Grimsby Telegraph in 2000 as news editor, and was later made assistant editor in 2004.

Atkin, who became deputy editor at the Telegraph in 2004, said: ‘It is a great honour to edit the Scunthorpe Telegraph. We have a fantastic team who are committed to producing a first class newspaper for our readers and advertisers and I look forward to leading them.

‘The Scunthorpe Telegraph is committed to championing the people and businesses of North Lincolnshire, celebrating their achievements and delivering the news they want.”

Atkin starts his new role on 7 May.

Mark Price, the managing director of Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group, said: ‘David fully deserves this promotion. He has played a key role in the conversion of the Scunthorpe Telegraph to its weekly format and was responsible for increasing the amount of content submitted by readers.

‘I am very much looking forward to working with David to further develop the Scunthorpe Telegraph”.

The most recent ABC figures for the Scunthorpe Telegraph show it had an average weekly circulation of 20,284. As a daily in the first half of 2011 it sold an average of 16,084.

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