An editor who has spent his life on newspapers in the Midlands is coming south to edit the Richmond & Twickenham Times series.
Paul Mortimer, editor of Yattendon’s Staffordshire Newsletter since 1996, is joining the Newsquest Media weeklies on 31 March and will have a hand-over period of a month with retiring editor Malcolm Richards.
He has already been down to the Times HQ a number of times to begin getting a feel for the patch.
Mortimer, 52, said: “This is a complete departure for me. I have always worked in the Midlands and I am really looking forward to taking the Times on from where it is at the moment.
“London’s quite a new area to me. Richmond is an upmarket place and the newspapers also cover Hounslow, Twickenham, Mortlake, East Sheen, Chiswick and Teddington – quite a significant patch of south-west London.”
There are six paid-for and three free titles included in the series.
Mortimer started in journalism at 18 in 1967 at the Staffordshire Advertiser and later worked for the Express & Star, Wolverhampton, the Birmingham Evening Mail and 11 Thomson Regional Newspapers Midlands weeklies.
He edited the Tamworth Trader and arrived at the Newsletter as assistant editor in 1991.
By Jean Morgan