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Former Granada and Congleton Chronicle journo scoops senior job with Yahoo

Paul Cochrane Paul Cochrane

Paul Cochrane, a former news reporter for the Congleton Chronicle and producer with ITV in Manchester and London, has just started a new role as head of video, lifestyle and entertainment at Yahoo in Los Angeles.

He is based at the company’s Santa Monica operation.

Following a year in Paris working for Eurosport, Cochrane moved to Cheshire where he became a district news reporter for the Congleton Chronicle newspaper.

He said of his time at the paper: “It was the best training I ever got as a journalist, covering the courts, council and trade meetings as well as the local football team.

“And at the same time I passed the UK’s senior journalism trade exams, the NCEs.”

After a year at the Chron, he moved in 2003 to Manchester where he spent five years working as the news desk assignment editor and program producer.

During his time at Quay Street, he was responsible for the lunch time news program for ITV Granada  leading a team of reporters, producers, editors and technicians on the 30 minute daily news bulletin.

He also spent time on the network news desk in London.

He left Manchester in 2008 to move to Los Angeles when he took up a job with the celebrity news agency run by UK expats Splash News.

At Splash he was latterly responsible for the editorial development and delivery of Splash News encompassing the growing consumer video programming offer.

Splash claims that its programming, which is received in over 30 countries, now attracts over 2m video impressions a day across its web, mobile and IPTV platforms.

This month he has started his new role with Yahoo.

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