Steven Fletcher has been confirmed as the editor of Northcliffe’s Lincolnshire Echo after overseeing its conversion from a daily to weekly title.
Fletcher was Nottingham Post deputy editor before being named acting editor of the Echo in July after the departure of Jon Grubb.
In October the Echo became the fourth Northcliffe title to switch to a weekly this year after the Exeter Express & Echo, Scunthorpe Telegraph and the Herald Express in Torquay.
Fletcher began his career at his home town newspaper the Halifax Evening Courier before joining Northcliffe in 2002 as a reporter at the Nottingham Evening Post.
He later became crime correspondent and was then promoted to deputy news editor and then news editor, a post he held for five years. He was made deputy editor in early 2010.
‘We have got a great team at the Echo and everyone has been rightly proud of the papers published in our first month as a weekly,” said Fletcher. “We have re-structured the newsroom and we want to develop our staff so that they can reach their full potential.”
The managing director of Lincolnshire Media and Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group Mark Price said: ‘Steven has done a terrific job for us as acting editor.
‘He has led his team through tremendous change at the Echo and produced a fantastic new weekly newspaper. He fully deserves this role and I look forward to Steven and our new publisher, Richard Duxbury, forging a strong partnership and taking our Lincoln business to further success.”