The editor of Britain’s biggest selling regional newspaper, the Express & Star, which was voted Newspaper of the Year at the 2012 Midlands Media Awards, is to step down after eleven years at the helm.
Adrian Faber will leave the Wolverhampton-based title on 29 March. He will be succeeded by Keith Harrison, his former deputy at the Express & Star, who has edited sister evening title, the Shropshire Star, since August 2011.
In his newspaper career, Birmingham Press Club member Adrian has been in charge at no fewer than five regional dailies over the course of more than two decades. Adrian joined Express & Star publisher, the Midland News Association, in 1998 as editor of the Shropshire Star before moving to his current role four years later.
Previously, he had edited the Gloucestershire Echo, the Bristol Evening Post and the Evening Argus in Brighton. “It has been an honour and a privilege to have been editor of Britain’s biggest regional newspaper for more than a decade. It’s never been dull. There have been some tough times but some unforgettable moments when we have been dealing with breaking news. I’ve been lucky to work with such a great team.” He said.
Managing director Phil Inman, paying tribute to Adrian for his contribution to the Express & Star’s success, said: “Adrian has set a high editorial standard throughout his editorship, ensuring the Express & Star remains the first choice for readers in the region.” He added: “Adrian informed me of his decision to step down in October but agreed to stay to play a lead role in some important projects.
Using his considerable experience, he has contributed to the industry’s response to the Leveson Report. He has also made a major contribution to plans for the development of our portfolio.” Keith will become the tenth editor in the Express & Star’s 128-year history when he takes over on March 30 and will also become the editorial representative on the MNA board. He said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked to take over from Adrian, who has been a fantastic editor to work alongside.