YORKSHIRE Evening Post editor Paul Napier steps down today [SAT] to take on the role of group editorial development director of Johnston Press, the parent company of Yorkshire Post Newspapers.
Mr Napier, 45, became editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post in 2006, having previously been editor of the Hartlepool Mail and several other newspapers.
He said: “The Yorkshire Evening Post is a true champion of Leeds. It’s been a pleasure to work with a group of journalists intent on creating a newspaper and website placed at the centre of our communities.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post, which remains one of the biggest regional newspapers in the country, is the reigning Yorkshire and Humber Daily Newspaper of the Year.
Johnston Press has more than 220 local websites and more than 230 newspapers across the UK and Ireland.
Mr Napier’s primary role will be to develop and lead the digital editorial and content strategy for Johnston Press, working with editorial teams across the country to grow audiences.
He said: “Digital is at the heart of Johnston Press strategy. More and more people now use their PC or their tablet or their smartphone to read stories from our reporters or see the pictures taken by our photographers. Increasingly, our readers are themselves taking part in creating our content. It’s very exciting to be involved in making sure what we give out audiences is the very best it can be.”
Peter Charlton, editor of the Yorkshire Post, becomes editorial director of Yorkshire Post Newspapers next week, with responsibility for both the Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Evening Post.