Archant East London editor in chief Malcolm Starbrook has retired after 45 years in journalism.
He steps down this week exactly 45 years after he started his journalism career as a trainee reporter on the East London Advertiser.
He became editor of that paper in 2005, going on to become editor in chief of Archant’s East London titles.
Starbrook was first made an editor 35 years ago and went on to own and eventually sell his own newspaper in Milton Keynes. He sat on the Press Complaints Commission for six years and was appointed as a Freeman of the City of London in 1985.
Archant London editorial director, Laura Adams, said: “During the last year, Malcolm has taken a strategic role overseeing key projects such as the Olympic legacy, Jack the Ripper and Sports Review supplements. He has also been in charge of the production hub, sports team and commercial features team as well as overseeing the news teams in Ilford.
“Malcolm has steered the editorial teams through many different changes as we have sought to respond to a challenging industry.
“Malcolm will be sorely missed in London and has been a great support to me during the last few years, particularly in his strategic role. He has been a committed and loyal employee of Archant and we remain grateful for his hard work and dedication.”
Starbrook was Trinity Mirror Southern editor-in-chief in 2002 when he briefly left journalism to work as a management consultant. He was made chief sub editor of Press Gazette in 2004 before returning to the East London Advertiser as editor.
He was previously group editor of the Croydon Advertiser for 10 years. His CV also includes spells as editor of the Milton Keynes Mirror, editor-in-chief for International Thomson Publishing's meat titles (including Meat Trades Journal), editor and director of West Suffolk Newspapers, and publisher of the Sussex Express series.