Riley steps down after 15 years in Halifax hot seat

One of the country’s longest-serving evening paper editors, Edward Riley of the Halifax Evening Courier, is to stand down after 15 years in the post and more than 40 years in local journalism.

He was appointed editor in 1987 and editorial director of Halifax Courier Ltd the following year.

Riley told Press Gazette: "I have decided to relinquish my role as editor because after so long in the hot seat, I feel the time has come for a change. I believe this will benefit me and the Courier, which I am leaving in good shape for the future.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to edit my home town newspaper and to work with and meet so many wonderful people."

Riley joined the Evening Courier from school in 1957.

Following a spell in Bristol and the West Country on the now-defunct Bristol Evening World and the Bristol Evening Post, he returned to Halifax and held a number of specialist posts before being appointed editor of the Brighouse Echo in 1973.

He became deputy editor of the Courier in 1979 and succeeded Dennis Taylor as editor eight years later.

Riley will continue as editor for the immediate future until a successor is appointed.

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