Post bids farewell to editor after 43 years in journalism
EVENING Post editor Spencer Feeney has retired after more than 40 years in the newspaper industry.
He edited this, his final edition of the South Wales Evening Post, last night before departing from its base in Adelaide Street, Swansea, for the last time.
Spencer became editor ten years ago and retires as editor-in-chief of South West Wales Media, which gave him overall responsibility for the Llanelli Star and the Carmarthen Journal, as well as the Post.
Before Swansea, he was editor of The Citizen in Gloucester for seven years.
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He was also editor of the Llanelli Star in 1986.
A former member of the Press Complaints Commission, Spencer was one of the regional editors asked to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
He said: "I am 62 this year, and after ten years as Post editor it simply feels like the right time for me to call it a day.
"I know I am going to miss the excitement of seeing the paper coming together every day.
"I've been working on regional newspapers since I left school in 1969, so retirement is going to be a strange experience."
He said newspapers had to adapt to survive in a very different world from when he started out in regional newspapers in 1969, particularly with the internet.
But he added: "The internet is only part of the overall picture.
"Society is changing, communities are changing, work patterns are changing.
"On top of that, in the last five years the biggest single influence has been the recession, and the effect that has had on revenues coming in to newspapers."
Rich Mead, executive director of Northcliffe Media, the parent company of South West Wales Media, said: "Spencer is a first-class journalist and has made a massive contribution.
"He played a major role in creating Wales's largest selling newspaper after overtaking Trinity Mirror's Cardiff-based titles, the Western Mail and South Wales Echo, to become the largest-selling regional newspaper in Wales."
Deputy Editor Cathy Duncan has been appointed Acting Editor until a permanent appointment is made.