Gledhill out at Bath

David Gledhill editor of the Bath Chronicle “stood down” today
after 11 years in the chair.
 
Gledhill is vice president of the Society
of Editors and is understood to have already cleared his desk.
The Northcliffe-owned Chronicle is the lowest-selling evening title in
the country with a circulation of 13,947.
 
In the last six months of 2004 sales
dropped 8.2 per cent year-on-year. Sales of the paper have dropped
steadily since 2000 when it was selling 17,240. 
 
Birmingham Evening Mail editor Roger Borrell apparently paid
the price for falling sales in March when he was made redundant after the paper dropped 10.5 per cent in the
six-month ABC figures.
 
In the last six months of 2004 just seven out of
the UK’s 82 regional evening newspapers put on sales.
 
Bath Chronicle managing director Andrew Calvert said:
“David Gledhill has today stood down as editor of The Bath Chronicle,
after eleven years in the post.

In that time David has embedded himself in the life of the city and had
a profound influence on the character and content of the newspaper.

 
“We
wish David well in his future career and will be immediately embarking
on a search for his successor. In the meantime the experienced team
that he has built around him will continue the task of producing this
exceptional and much loved daily newspaper, under the direction of the
deputy editor, John McCready.”
 
Gledhill last year celebrated his tenth anniversary at the helm of the paper and said he had “the best job in Bath”.
 
He started in journalism on the Spenborough
Guardian before moving on to the Dewsbury Reporter, Bradford Telegraph
& Argus and then the Swindon Evening Advertiser.
 
When he became editor of the Chronicle it was said to be under threat of becoming  a weekly.
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