Adrian Faber, editor of Britain’s best-selling regional newspaper the Express & Star, is to leave the paper at the end of March, publisher Midland News Association announced today.
Faber, who became editor in 2002, will be replaced by Shropshire Star editor and former Express & Star deputy editor Keith Harrison when he leaves the title on Friday 29 March.
He joined MNA in 1998 as editor of the Shropshire Star. Before that was editor at the Gloucestershire Echo, the Bristol Evening Post and the Evening Argus in Brighton.
He said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to have been editor of Britain’s biggest regional newspaper for more than a decade.
“It’s never been dull. There have been some tough times but some unforgettable moments when we have been dealing with breaking news. I’ve been lucky to work with such a great team.”
Managing director Phil Inman commented: “Adrian has set a high editorial standard throughout his editorship, ensuring the Express & Star remains the first choice for readers in the region.
“Adrian informed me of his decision to step down in October but agreed to stay to play a lead role in some important projects.
“Using his considerable experience, he has contributed to the industry’s response to the Leveson Report. He has also made a major contribution to plans for the development of our portfolio.”
Harrison will become the tenth editor in the Express & Star’s 128-year history when he takes over on 30 March, when he also becomes the editorial representative on the MNA board.
He said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked to take over from Adrian, who has been a fantastic editor to work alongside.
“These are challenging but exciting times for the Express & Star and I’m looking forward to building on the traditional strengths of the paper, both in print and online.
“I’ll be sad to leave a truly excellent team in Shropshire but I look forward to renewing some old acquaintances in Queen Street and maintaining the high standards which have been set over many, many years.”