Sheffield Star editor Furbisher steps down

John Furbisher has stepped down after just over a year as editor of the Sheffield Star.

He had been acting editor of the Johnston Press daily since November 2009 and became editor officially in June 2010 when Alan Powell stepped down – seven months after suffering a heart attack.

Furbisher’s exit follows a shake-up of the Sheffield-based regional subbing hub, planned job cuts and the threat of industrial action.

Before joining the Star he had been deputy editor of the Yorkshire Post and editor of the Halifax Courier.

In a statement Sheffield Newspapers chief executive John Bills said: ‘It is with regret that I have to tell you after 25 successful years with Johnston Press titles John Furbisher has decided that the time is right for him to look for fresh and different challenges.

‘In his time with the company he has edited both the Halifax Evening Courier and of course most recently the Sheffield Star where he has led committed and professional teams of journalists who I am sure will be sorry to learn of John’s decision.

‘I’m sure you will join me in wishing John every success with whatever he chooses to do next.”

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