Trinity Mirror appoints Mark Thomas editor of the Daily Post in Wales

Trinity Mirror has today announced that former Liverpoool Post editor Mark Thomas will move to the Daily Post in Wales.

He will succeed Alison Gow who will transfer to the role of digital innovations and deputy digital publications director for Trinity Mirror regionals.

Thomas was the last editor of the Liverpool Post when it closed in December 2013.

Thomas became editor of the Liverpool Daily Post in February 2007.

However, the newspaper relaunched in January 2012 as a weekly.

It published its final edition on 19 December 2013 following 158 years in print.

Commenting on the closure Thomas said: “That the Post has lasted as long is testimony to generations of brilliant and committed journalists who have worked on it.

‘’We have a history of brave and independent journalism and excellent coverage of business, arts, and sport. We will ensure we keep those traditions alive within the Liverpool Echo.’’

Thomas has also spent time with the Press Association as north of England correspondent as well as investigations editor at the Liverpool Echo.

He began his career with the Wirral News Group. 

He has also written a book on the James Bulger murder case.

The closure of the Liverpool Post was the subject of an early day motion in the House of Commons signed by 18 MPs:

That this House regrets the announcement of Trinity Mirror that the iconic Liverpool Post newspaper is to close after almost 160 years of publication in the city; notes that the circulation of the title, formerly the Liverpool Daily Post before it went weekly in January 2012, had dropped to 4,000 since this change; expresses its concern for the future of other local news titles that have moved away from daily publication; asks that Trinity Mirror work with the National Union of Journalists on delivering its commitment to avoid redundancies and to invest in its weekend newspaper and digital publishing, so that local journalism in Merseyside can continue to flourish; believes that local news provision is vital to the cultural and democratic life of communities; and therefore calls on the Government to work with the industry, unions and local communities to ensure that such assets are protected.

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