Bristol man steps in as Echo editor is seconded to new role

Marc Astley
Authored by Marc Astley
Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:07pm

The editor of Exeter’s Express & Echo newspaper has been seconded to a new role.

He is to be replaced in the interim period by a journalist from Bristol however, no timescales have been revealed.

Andy Phelan was previously the editor of the Echo’s sister paper, the Torquay Herald Express.

In December last year, Northcliffe Media, the group which owned both newspapers, as well as the Western Morning News and the Herald in Plymouth was sold and now forms part of a regional publisher called Local World.

The Express & Echo was one of a number of titles Northcliffe switched from daily to weekly publishing a year ago as part of a radical review.

Mr Phelan has been editing the E&E since January last year.

A memo to Echo staff seen by The Exeter Daily said:

"Current editor Andy Phelan is seconded to the Local World transformation project  

Paul Burton has been appointed as the acting editor for the Exeter Express and Echo.

Paul has been with the Western Daily Press since 2007, arriving from the Weston & Somerset Mercury.

In the past six years he has been instrumental in introducing new ways of generating editorial content, driving new revenue streams, redesigning the title's key weekend supplement West Country Life, and editing a monthly business magazine called Agenda.

Paul will join Exeter on February 4, whilst editor Andy Phelan is seconded to the transformation project where he will head up the content stream. The editorial team will report to Paul during the interim period."



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