Simon O’Neill, editor of Swindon’s Evening Advertiser, has been named editor of Newsquest sister title the Oxford Mail, succeeding Jim McClure, who has retired, writes Dominic Ponsford.
O’Neill started his career in 1981 as a reporter on weekly free the Barnet Advertiser. In 1983, he joined the Harrow Observer where he did his training and in 1987 he became chief sub on the South London Press where he rose to editor.
In 1991, he went to Derby’s Evening Telegraph as assistant editor and in 1997 he became editor of the Evening Advertiser, later being given responsibility for Newsquest Wiltshire.
His new title is group editor, Newsquest Oxfordshire, which includes weekly free the Oxford Star.
He said: “I’ve had a fantastic time in Swindon – there’s a great team there and the paper’s come on in leaps and bounds thanks to their hard work over the past six and half years. Oxford is a great stable of papers and the Mail is a big name in the industry.”