Mel Cook replaces Pheby as Nottingham Post editor

Scunthorpe Telegraph editor Mel Cook is leaving the paper to take up the editorship of the Nottingham Post.

He takes over from Malcolm Pheby who announced he was standing down after six years in the role in January.

Cook began his career at the Pontefract and Castleford Express, followed by stints in Derby and South Wales before rising to deputy editor of the Hull Daily Mail in 1999.

In 2008 he was appointed editor of the Scunthorpe Telegraph and in August 2011 oversaw its switch from a daily to weekly newspaper

Cook, who joins the Post on 8 May, said: ‘It is an incredible opportunity and I am looking forward immensely to working with and developing the talented editorial team at the newspaper.

‘Retiring editor Malcolm Pheby has made a huge impact at the Post and is a very tough act to follow, but I am relishing the challenge.

‘It will be a wrench to leave the team in Scunthorpe who have achieved so much in the past year, but opportunities like this do not come along very often.”

Nottingham publisher Steve Hollingsworth added: ‘Mel is an editor of the highest calibre who will be bringing a wealth of experience to the editorial team at the Nottingham Post.

‘He has an enormous amount to offer both the paper and the wider community. I’m looking forward to working closely with Mel in his new role.”

The latest ABC figures for the Post showed it was one of the worst performing daily papers in the UK following a 17.2 per cent drop to 33,940.

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