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Newsquest appoints new editor for The Northern Echo

Newsquest has appointed Gavin Foster, currently editor of Newcastle based ChronicleLive, as its new Editor for The Northern Echo.

Newsquest appoints new editor for The Northern Echo
Gavin Foster: “The Northern Echo has a rich and proud history with a reputation for trusted, quality journalism.”

Gavin takes over the role of Group Editor Newsquest (North-East) from Karl Holbrook who was recently appointed Executive Editor at the Daily Express.

Before taking charge of ChronicleLive just prior to the pandemic, Gavin held senior editorial management roles with Johnston Press in Sunderland and Hartlepool.

Gavin, who lives in County Durham, said: “I’m thrilled and excited to be appointed Group Editor at Newsquest in the North East.

The Northern Echo has a rich and proud history with a reputation for trusted, quality journalism. I look forward to helping lead the talented and experienced team at the Great Daily of the North to grow audience and reach more people in the communities it serves.

“It's been an honour to be Editor of ChronicleLive and to help lead a brilliant team. I am hugely grateful to Reach, in particular Helen Dalby, for giving me the opportunity and for her continued support and encouragement throughout.”

David Coates, Regional Managing Director for Newsquest (North) said: “We were very fortunate to have an abundance of excellent applicants for the role but Gavin’s experience and ambition for The Northern Echo shone though in our discussions.

“His track record in building digital audience in his current role is as equally impressive to the breadth and depth of his news management experience. I am delighted that Gavin has accepted the job and very much look forward to him joining our team.”

Gavin’s start date for the role is to be confirmed.


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