A former Longridge News reporter has been appointed editor of Britain’s biggest-selling evening newspaper.
Keith Harrison, 44, will take over at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton, in March – becoming only the tenth editor in the paper’s 128-year history.
The paper produces five editions a day and has a daily sale of 100,000 copies in the Black Country and Staffordshire.
Former Longridge High School pupil Keith is currently editor of the paper’s sister evening title, the Shropshire Star, based in Telford. He trained as a reporter at The News under the late Terry Potter in the mid-1980s and said: “Terry was a great editor and Longridge was a brilliant place to learn my trade. It was always full of great characters – and still is.”
He added: “I am extremely proud to have been asked to take over at the Express & Star. It is a huge operation and a big responsibility. These are challenging but exciting times and I’m looking forward to building on the traditional strengths of the newspaper, both in print and online.
“I’ll be sad to leave Shropshire. It’s a beautiful county, a busy news patch and there are some really exciting developments ahead for the area.
“I’ll also be sad to leave an excellent team of colleagues who I am sure will continue to do the paper proud.”
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