Ian Mean (pictured above) is to become the new editor of the Western Daily Press next week after current editor Tim Dixon announced that he would be stepping down from the role.
Dixon (right) will take on the new role of commercial editor at the paper. He will be managing and editing Westcountry Life Magazine, Farming, Business and other commercial platforms.
He said: "I’m delighted to have the opportunity to further develop the Western Daily Press. I’ve always believed it is a title with huge potential, much of it still untapped.
“The Western Daily Press is a highly respected newspaper and I look forward to leading and encouraging its talented team of multi-skilled journalists."
Mean, the former editor of the Gloucester Citizen, said he is looking forward to working with Dixon to develop new revenue streams, drive the paper's sales and increase their online audience.
He said: "The Western Daily Press has a very loyal readership and we intend to harness the ideas and writing power of those readers to help to create content which will make the newspaper and its website a must read every day.”
Sarah Pullen, managing director at Local World for Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset, said: “I am delighted that Tim is remaining an integral part of the team.
"Westcountry Life has evolved over the years and with a renewed focus this platform needs an editor as well as the other commercial supplements and opportunities that we have.
"I am also delighted for Ian, as he will continue his regional focus on business as well as managing the Western Daily Press.
"Along with the other members of the team this additional resource and support will enable the Western Daily Press to grow both online and in print”.
Both will start their new roles on 5 May.