The decision was made last month to bring back the roles as part of an investment in quality journalism, says Archant. Previously, the Ipswich Star shared an editor with regional sister brand, the East Anglian Daily Times, as did the Norwich Evening News with the Eastern Daily Press.
Natalie Sadler is promoted from Head of News & Digital Editor in Suffolk to the Ipswich Star role and Richard Porritt, Business and Political Editor, takes on the position at the Norwich Evening News.
Chief Content Officer Jeremy Clifford said: “I’m delighted to announce that Natalie and Richard have been appointed to these exciting new roles. The decision to bring back the Editor roles for two of our daily titles goes to the heart of our strategy of ensuring we have a laser focus on the quality of content we serve up to our readers”.
“Richard has spoken passionately about his desire for the Norwich Evening News to fight hard on behalf of its readers. Natalie wants the Ipswich Star to have a campaigning voice and fight the corner for Ipswich”.
“By having editors responsible for working with journalists on these titles, we will create a different identify for them, enabling more of a diversification between the daily and the regional titles.”
Natalie said: “I am very excited about this new opportunity, and to be the first woman to take on the role of Editor of The Ipswich Star.
“The Star has always been the voice of Ipswich and is a much-loved brand in the town. I want to ensure it continues to represent the people of Ipswich and hold those in power to account.”
Richard said: “I am determined that the paper will fight hard for Norwich without fear or favour. The Evening News will never compromise on quality and we will make it our mission to speak truth to power on behalf of the people of this fine city. And, I am sure, there will be plenty of fun as well.”
The new roles are part of a major investment in talent, say the publishers. Earlier this month, Archant CEO Lorna Willis announced the creation of 70 positions across the company, including a new ‘Live News’ team in East Anglia with a specific focus of breaking news first.
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