Hodgkinson to replace Sutton

Yorkshire Evening Post editor Neil Hodgkinson is to be the new editor
of the Carlisle News & Star and Cumberland News, replacing Keith
Sutton when he retires in January.
The move will be seen by some as a surprise – the YEP’s circulation is
nearly 70,000 compared to the News & Star’s 26,000.
But Hodgkinson may well have been lured by the appeal of working for a
family-owned group, rather than the plc culture of Johnston Press.
Burgess family, which controls Cumbrian Newspapers, has a reputation
for backing quality journalism in its titles, and not chasing the high
margins demanded by shareholders of the bigger groups.
His new title is editorial director. Hodgkinson was previously editor
of the Lancashire Evening Post, taking the YEP job in 1998. He turned
the paper tabloid in 1999.
Sutton leaves a strong legacy. The Cumberland News was newspaper of the
year in Press Gazette’s Regional Press Awards this year, a title it
also won in 2001.

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