David Coates

David Coates

Newsquest has announced that it is to merge the editorial operations of two of its Yorkshire titles: The Press in York and the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford.

The news was released to staff at both titles on Friday by Newsquest’s regional managing director for Yorkshire and the North East, David Coates.

The announcement stated: “The company plans to merge the management of its editorial operations in York & Bradford and after 13 successful years with Newsquest, Steve Hughes has decided to leave the company.

“Steve’s done a great job for us in York, helping to manage our operations through the worst of the credit crisis and he played an important role in our recent move into new offices in Walmgate.

“Our newspapers and associated websites have benefited from Steve’s stewardship and his influence will be missed by his friends and colleagues within the business.”

The editor of the Telegraph & Argus, Perry Austin-Clarke, will become the new group editor overseeing the two titles within a broader group of weeklies.

Steve Hughes, editor of The Press, will be stepping down from his role on 9 January 2015.