Allcock leaves after 36 years editing Islington Gazette

The veteran group editor of Archant’s North London Newspaper (NLN) series, Tony Allcock, will stand down from his role next month.

Allcock joined the Islington Gazette in 1966 as a trainee reporter and has edited the paper for the past 36 years. In 1992 he was appointed editor of NLN, which also include the Hornsey Journal series and the Camden Gazette.

A statement sent to employees on 18 February said that, with Allcock’s papers facing ‘new and demanding challenges in the future”, he felt it was the right time to step down.

‘I have had a fantastic time and worked with some great people over the years,’he said. ‘I would like to thank all my colleagues for their efforts and helping to make my job easier. I would like to thank Archant for giving me the opportunity to leave at what I feel is the right moment. I wish all my colleagues and the company sustained success in the future.’

Editorial director Bob Crawley added: ‘Tony has had a truly remarkable career, particularly working on, and then editing, the Islington Gazette for more than four decades. It is a career that is unlikely to ever be repeated. We thank him for his sterling service and wish him a well-earned rest.’

Allcock, who is based in the group’s the Swiss Cottage Office, will be leaving on 31 March. A spokesperson said a decision had not been made on his replacement.


4 thoughts on “Allcock leaves after 36 years editing Islington Gazette”

  1. Tony was editor when I joined in ’78 as admin/receptionist until ’89. Always included me as part of the team, great guy to work for and a great guy to know – his passion and absolute dedication to the IG was well known, not just by the people who worked there but by it’s readers and contributors over the years. Congratulations on a well earned retirement – many happy years to come.

  2. Tony is a legend. Brilliant journalist, brilliant editor, brilliant bloke. Gave loads of young journalists (including me) a great start in this job. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

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