Press and Journal editor Derek Tucker to stand down

Press and Journal editor Derek Tucker is to retire next year after more than 18 years leading one of Britain’s oldest daily papers.

Tucker, who is also one of the longest serving Scottish daily editors, will leave the Aberdeen-based paper on 14 January.

The Press and Journal broke the news of Tucker’s departure this morning, reporting that the 57-year-old would end his career on the paper which serves the north-east of Scotland.

Tucker told his own paper that he was most proud of the near £10m his paper had raised for local causes while he was at the helm.

He said: ‘It has given me an enormous amount of pleasure to see these things happen – not because of anything I did but because of what it says about the readers of the Press and Journal and the sense that this is very much their local paper.”

According to the most recent figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the Press and Journal is the regional newspaper with the fourth biggest circulation in the UK (and the third most paid-for sales).

Its daily average of 74,457 in the first half of the year placed it just behind Wolverhampton’s Express & Star, the Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo.

The paper was also named large regional daily of the year at the Regional Press Awards in 2009.

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