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Perry Austin-Clarke

Perry Austin-Clarke, who’s edited the Telegraph & Argus for almost a quarter of a century, is to step down.

He’ll be leaving to set up his own media agency and he told the newspaper:

“When I was asked to apply for the T&A job I was told to expect to do it for five years. But that’s the effect Bradford has on people; it’s a fantastic city with wonderfully open and generous residents but it also has more than its fair share of problems.

“That makes every single day a challenge that sucks you in because you can always see the potential in Bradford even if those who gainsay it can’t.”

He added that editorship had been a “fascinating and all-consuming experience.”

He first took up the role in 1992 and was the youngest newspaper editor ever employed by its then owners, Westminster Press.

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Nine years later he was promoted to group editor of Newsquest (Bradford) and became responsible for 4 more West Yorkshire newspapers.

In 2014 he was named group editor of Newsquest Yorkshire and last year his newspapers took first and second at the Regional Press Awards – The Press won, followed by the T&A.

Despite setting up his own company, Perry will continue to write for the newspaper and work on some “special projects.”