Kent on Sunday bags MoS reporter as new editor

By Emma Farge

A senior reporter on The Mail on Sunday has been appointed editor of
Kent on Sunday – Press Gazette’s Regional Newspaper of the Year in 2004.

Bernard Ginns spent three years at the MoS before deciding to move
back to the Kent newspaper where he worked for several months following
its 2002 launch.

Ginns told Press Gazette: “When the offer came
along it was very attractive though it was a tough decision to go from
a national back to a regional, but I think it is a good move for me and
will be really good experience.”

His recent work includes a
splash about guns and drugs being found at the home of David Blunkett’s
chauffeur and an exclusive interview with Linda Walker, the teacher who
was jailed for firing an airgun at a gang of youths.

But the
Norfolk-born journalist forged a name for himself on regional news
desks. His first job was a reporting post at the Fulham Chronicle at
the age of 26. He later became news editor at the Hounslow Chronicle
before moving to the MoS.

“Kent is not a sleepy shire. There are lots of issues there like asylum and it’s one of the biggest county councils,” he said.

Kent
on Sunday impressed judges at the Press Gazette annual awards. The
panel said the free weekly was “so good that you would expect to pay
for it”.

Ginns plans to build on this strong foundation. “I
certainly hope it can continue to expand. As soon as I start I want to
talk with the staff and find out what they think of the paper and we’ll
go from there. I want everyone in Kentto be reading it and regarding it
as the best paper in the country. Let’s hope it can be Press Gazette’s
newspaper of the year again,” he said.

Paul Stannard, managing
director of KoS Media, said: “We had a lot of strong applicants. We
chose him because of his strong position in the regional press.

He’s a young, single guy, very ambitious and we are a very ambitious company. The two suit each other.”

Ginns
is the second national newspaper journalist to be appointed by KoS
Media this year – former People reporter Gary Wright is now editor of
the company’s Kentish Saturday Observer.

Former KoS editor Ian
Patel has taken on the position of editorial director of the group. He
and Ginns have worked together over the years within the London
Newspaper Group.

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