Northcliffe appoints editor-in-chief for Kent and Sussex

Northcliffe Newspapers has created a new editor-in-chief role to oversee its newspapers and other media in Kent and Sussex.
Appointed to the new position is former Daily
Express assistant editor Roger Watkins who is currently managing editor
of the four-title Brentwood Gazette.
The editors of the Kent and Sussex Courier, the Sevenoaks Chronicle and
the East Grinstead Courier will report to Watkins.
Northcliffe managing director Michael Pelosi
said: “This is a new position created to increase the amount of time
spent on strategic issues facing us in this hugely competitive area of
the country.
“Roger brings with him a wealth of experience not just from weekly
newspapers but from senior positions he has held in regional and
national newspapers in a long and successful career in the industry.”
Northcliffe has recently appointed editors-in-chief at its newspaper
centres in Bristol and Plymouth.
Watkins, who will be based in Tunbridge Wells
from September, said: “I have greatly enjoyed my five years as editor
and latterly managing editor of the Gazette. I shall miss my close and
supportive colleagues there but I greatly look forward to the different
challenges facing me in my new role and working with such a
professional team in Kent.”
Last year Watkins was named winner of Campaign of
the Year in the Essex Journalist of the Year Awards for leading
resistance to a sex shop in Brentwood.
A staff member of the Daily Express for 26 years, he worked in the
paper’s Fleet Street, Manchester and Glasgow offices and was chief sub
editor, night editor and assistant editor.
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