Templeton named editor of News Letter

UTV Insight acting editor Darwin Templeton has been named editor of the News Letter in Belfast.

Templeton, 36, replaces Austin Hunter who left the paper after two years due to health problems.

Prior to UTV, where he has been since 2001, Templeton has worked on national newspapers since joining the Belfast Telegraph as a trainee in 1991.

He has clocked up experience on Sunday Life where he was news editor before becoming Northern Ireland correspondent for the News of the World and then The Sun. He then returned to the Belfast Telegraph.

Templeton has won a number of awards including Press Gazette's Scoop of the Year award in 2001. He has a strong background in investigative journalism and won a Royal Television Society Award for his Insight programme on child killer Robert Howard.

He said: "It is a great honour to be joining a journalistic institution like the News Letter.

"I am looking forward to taking up the post and I will relish the challenge of building on the foundations put in place by my predecessors.

"This is a time of change in Northern Ireland and I hope to reflect that change in the pages of the News Letter, while retaining the loyalty and support of our traditional readers."

Templeton will join start his new role next month.

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