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Duo complete Archant Norfolk's branch office line-up

Archant Norfolk has completed a series of changes in editorial leadership at its district branch offices with two key appointments.

Senior reporters Amy Smith and David Bale, respectively, are taking editorial command of the offices at Beccles, Suffolk, and King's Lynn, west Norfolk.

Making the announcement editor-in-chief, Nigel Pickover, said: “This takes to seven the recent changes in leadership in our branch office network and sets us on course for exciting content opportunities across our platforms of print, web, mobile, tablet and television.”

Amy, 23, will become one of Archant's youngest-ever community editors on the retirement of David Lennard, when he leaves after more than 40 years with Archant in late February.

She will edit her hometown title, the Beccles and Bungay Journal, as well as being in charge of content for the Eastern Daily Press in the Waveney Valley.

Amy, who spent three years as a reporter at the Johnston Press-owned Diss Express, moved to Archant in September 2013.

She said: "I am thrilled and delighted to edit the much-loved BBJ, a newspaper that has always been an important part of my life."

David Bale, 47, becomes chief reporter for the EDP in west Norfolk.

David has worked at the Bucks Herald, Aylesbury, the Kentish Times, Sidcup and as a senior reporter at the Lynn News. In Norwich he has been a senior reporter with both the EDP and the Norwich Evening News.

The complete list of community editors, including editors in North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth, is:

Beccles: Amy Smith

Cromer: Richard Batson

Dereham: Adam Lazzari

Diss: Anthony Carroll

Fakenham & Wells: Chris Bishop

Great Yarmouth: Anne Edwards

King’s Lynn: David Bale

Lowestoft: Andrew Papworth

Thetford: Andrew Fitchett

“This is an exciting time for our great community editors as we seek to provide exquisite content which will help us thrive on both our weekly titles and in their sister newspaper, the EDP,” said Nigel. “I wish our magnificent seven newcomers all the very best.”