Reach announces new editor for Chronicle Live

Reach has appointed Sophie Barley as the new Editor of its Chronicle Live publications, following Gavin Foster’s move to The Northern Echo.

Reach announces new editor for Chronicle Live

Sophie Barley has been promoted to the role, having been Regional Audience Editor at the title for more than six years. Sophie had previously led the launch of its “Live” brands in Northumberland and Darlington.

The publisher also confirmed that Graeme Whitfield, its North East Business Editor, would become Brand Editor for The Journal.

Sophie Barley tweeted last week: “Some personal news. After 16 years of journalism, 12 of them at Reach, I am over the moon to become @ChronicleLive editor. It’s a very proud moment for me. Newcastle and the North East is an incredibly special place and we have such a brilliant team up here. Excited to get going.”

As reported by Hold the Front Page, Helen Dalby, Reach’s audience and content director for the North East and Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted to announce these important leadership roles for our iconic Newcastle brands of ChronicleLive and The Journal.

“Sophie and Graeme bring verve, tenacity and a wealth of digital publishing prowess and editorial management experience to their new roles. They are passionate ambassadors for the North East and have made a huge contribution to the growth and development of these brands over many years.

“Together with newly appointed Newcastle United editor Aaron Stokes, who takes up his post next month, this talented and experienced leadership team represents an exciting new era for ChronicleLive and The Journal at an important time for the city of Newcastle and wider North East region.”

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