Echo editor to quit newspapers

South Wales Echo editor Alastair Milburn has revealed that he is to quit newspapers and move into PR.

Milburn, 35, has been at the Echo for three years, after working for Wales on Sunday and the Western Mail.

He said: “I’ve brought about some major changes in the paper – especially in design, which was recognised with an award from the Newspaper Society.

“I’ve implemented everything that I wanted to implement and I came to a point where I thought ‘what next?’.”

Milburn plans to start his own company offering media training and consultancy. When asked if his decision was coloured by parent company Trinity Mirror’s decision to cut 21 editorial jobs from the Western Mail and Echo group in November, he said: “This is very much a personal decision.”

Milburn is expected to leave near the end of the year.

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