Kevan Blackadder, assistant editor of the Bristol Evening Post, will be the new editor of the Gloucestershire Echo following the departure of Anita Syvret.
The 47-year-old will switch Northcliffe Media titles on 21 July, ending a 20-year association with the Bristol paper that has seen him work his way up from sub-editor to news editor and assistant editor in two separate spells.
Blackadder, who began his career on his home-town paper the Whitehaven News, told Press Gazette he was relishing the opportunity of editing one of the South West’s biggest titles.
Blackadder beat off competition from several internal Northcliffe candidates from across the country.
‘Hopefully, what really counted in my favour was my involvement in both the print and online products,’he said.