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Taranaki Daily News Editor Appointed

Taranaki Daily News Editor Appointed

Roy Pilott has been appointed editor of The Taranki Daily News and its website, http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news

Roy is currently deputy editor of the Waikato Times and replaces Jonathan MacKenzie, who was recently appointed editor of the Waikato Times.

Roy will start his new job in September.

Taranaki Daily News general manager Mike Brewer said he was thrilled to appoint Roy, who brings expert knowledge of the media industry to the Taranaki Daily News.

“Roy has the benefit of working in a region with similarities to Taranaki and an understanding of the local readership. His experience and appreciation of the role that a daily newspaper and website plays in a region ‘like no other’ will be welcomed by the staff and community alike".

Roy said he considered himself privileged to be appointed to the position.

"The Taranaki Daily News is a fantastic newspaper with a strong news team, which is in touch with its community in both print and on-line. I am looking forward to developing and strengthening those relationships to ensure we remain the most relevant provider of news in the region.''

Fairfax Media executive editor Paul Thompson said Roy would bring a wealth of journalistic and leadership experience to the Taranaki Daily News.

"Roy is an exceptional journalist and newsroom leader. He has done every job in the newsroom - from reporting and subbing through to stints as chief reporter and news editor. Recently he has also developed his skills in digital media. He has a particular strength in driving strong coverage of key local issues. He is well-equipped to work with the talented team at Taranaki to continue to improve both the newspaper and the website."

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