Mortimer takes up editorship of Richmond series

An editor who has spent his life on newspapers in the Midlands is coming south to edit the Richmond & Twickenham Times series.

Paul Mortimer, editor of Yattendon’s Staffordshire Newsletter since 1996, is joining the Newsquest Media weeklies on 31 March and will have a hand-over period of a month with retiring editor Malcolm Richards.

He has already been down to the Times HQ a number of times to begin getting a feel for the patch.

Mortimer, 52, said: “This is a complete departure for me. I have always worked in the Midlands and I am really looking forward to taking the Times on from where it is at the moment.

“London’s quite a new area to me. Richmond is an upmarket place and the newspapers also cover Hounslow, Twickenham, Mortlake, East Sheen, Chiswick and Teddington – quite a significant patch of south-west London.”

There are six paid-for and three free titles included in the series.

Mortimer started in journalism at 18 in 1967 at the Staffordshire Advertiser and later worked for the Express & Star, Wolverhampton, the Birmingham Evening Mail and 11 Thomson Regional Newspapers Midlands weeklies.

He edited the Tamworth Trader and arrived at the Newsletter as assistant editor in 1991.

By Jean Morgan

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