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June 13, 2014updated 16 Jun 2014 1:22pm

Trinity Mirror Welsh restructure will see all content appear online for free before print

By William Turvill

New editors for the South Wales Echo and Wales on Sunday have been announced as Trinity Mirror revealed Media Wales will be the second regional area to take up the digital-first "Newsroom 3.1" model.

Catrin Pascoe is to become editor of the "daily content pillar" at the South Wales Echo, and Sandra Loy is to take charge of Wales on Sunday. Both are currently listed on Media Wales as executive editors.

The appointments come after the departures of South Wales Echo editor Tim Gordon and Wales on Sunday editor Simon Farrington, who announced they were leaving last month.

The Newsroom 3.1 structure, which was unveiled in Newcastle in March, means that all content is published online before print.

Media Wales editor-in-chief Alan Edmunds said: "This move is a great opportunity for all of our journalists to enhance their skills and grow our audience even further as we continue to see Wales Online's traffic increase at a rapid pace.

"The model sets us up brilliantly to deliver outstanding and engaging content for our readers and advertisers across all digital and print platforms."

In other Media Wales moves, Wales Online editor Ceri Gould will also now work as deputy to Edmunds.

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And Paul Rowland, who was on secondment to the “Newsroom 3.1” launch in Newcastle, is to become editor of digital development and audience engagement.

Elsewhere, Hannah Jones is to be editor of agenda/events/TV and Wayne Davies will head up newspaper production as print publishing editor alongside Loy.

Announcing plans for Newsroom 3.1 in March, Trinity Mirror said: "Every journalist, from the editor-in-chief to the newest editorial recruit, will have a new set of digitally focused responsibilities."

Regionals editorial director Neil Benson said: "In an era when audiences want access to live up-to-the-minute information across a variety of platforms, our working day will no longer be built around our print products.

"The new structure gives us the capability to produce more digital content all day and every day, while still producing brilliant newspapers."

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