Editor of the Ipswich-based Evening Star Nigel Pickover is to be the next president of the Society of Editors.
Pickover has had a 35-year career in regional and national daily newspapers and became editor of the Star in 1996. He will take over from Simon Bucks of Sky News if members approve it at the AGM during their annual conference in Bristol in November.
Pickover will be the11th president and will preside over 10th anniversary celebrations in April 2009 when the society marks the anniversary of its creation following the merger of the Guild of Editors and the Association of British Editors.
Pickover said: ‘The Society of Editors has become one of the most successful and potent campaigning groups in the media industry, fighting for journalists across a range of important platforms.
“Across our industry, from TV and radio, to national titles and the smallest weekly, and on to a host of exceptional branded websites, there has never been a more exciting time to be a journalist.
“It will be my job to continue enjoying and exploiting the spirit of journalism’s new age – and I’m so delighted I can help spread the message of hope and inspiration and to tell people audiences are growing not dwindling.”