Halifax Courier names John Kenealy as new editor

The Halifax Courier, the Johnston Press daily paper that switched to a weekly earlier this year, has appointed John Kenealy as its new editor.

He takes over from Tim Robinson, editor of the paper since November 2010, who takes up the role of group editorial design director at Johnston.

According to a report on the Courier website Kenealy previously worked for the Wakefield Express and Derby Evening Telegraph but spent most of his career at the Courier, where he has been sports editor, news editor and deputy editor.

He said: 'It is a great honour to be appointed editor of the Courier. I look forward to maintaining the Courier's reputation for in-depth coverage of the news in Calderdale and its tradition as a campaigning community newspaper."

The Courier reports that during Robinson's time at the paper it has 'undergone one of the most radical changes in its history, with the switch from daily to weekly print publishing and the acceleration of online and electronic publishing".

He commented: 'I have met a great many Calderdale people during my time at the Courier and been welcomed here by loads of community groups.

'I would like to thank all of them, as well as our many loyal readers for their help, support and generosity of spirit."

According to ABC figures released yesterday, the Courier had a final average daily circulation of 14,272 (down 9.4 per cent year on year) and its first official figures as a weekly give average per-issue sales of 21,529.

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