Parker quits Meridian for police

Jon Parker, Meridian Television’s news editor in the south east region for the past 11 years, is leaving the broadcaster.

Parker, who at 29 became one of the youngest news editors in regional television, has been appointed head of the media relations team for Kent Police.

Parker joined TVS – the ITV franchise holder in the region before Meridian – in 1989 as a bulletin producer, moving up to become deputy news editor.

Following the franchise takeover, he became its first news editor in the region, covering Kent, Sussex and south east Essex.

Parker also spent time as a producer for the Meridian Tonight news bulletin, and documentaries including as an associate producer on ITV’s Tonight with Trevor McDonald in 2000.

As news editor, Parker oversaw stories that included the M2 coach crash that killed nine US tourists; the Channel Tunnel fire; the murders of Lin and Megan Russell at Chillenden; the Kent Air Ambulance crash and the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants found in a sealed truck at Dover.

“I leave Meridian with a sense of pride, knowing I’ve been part of a top-rate team,” said Parker.

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