Bolton School Former Pupils

Old Boy Becomes Bolton News Editor

Old Boy Steve Thompson (Class of 1998) has been appointed regional editor for Newsquest Lancashire/Greater Manchester, which includes the school’s local newspaper The Bolton News. He is also responsible for the Lancashire Telegraph, the Bury Times, The Oldham Times and Messenger titles.

Speaking about the appointment, Steve said: ‘We have such a talented and hardworking team and I feel incredibly honoured to be given this opportunity.

‘I started my journalism career as a trainee reporter at The Bolton News twelve years ago — and it’s my hometown paper too — so to get this job feels just that little bit extra special.’

Steve had a previous stint as the editor of the Lancashire Telegraph for two years, before being appointed senior audience and content editor across the region.

His passion for journalism stretches back into his school days: during his time at Bolton School he edited one edition of NSE, the Boys’ Division newspaper. He said: ‘I have great memories from my time at school, especially working on the school newspaper with Mr Joseph in the Sixth Form. I was always more of a science student - probably because my dad was a physics teacher - but I had some great English teachers in Mr Cropper, Mr Winder and Mr Shewan. I also have good memories of my languages lessons, learning from teachers such as Mr Edmondson, Mr Jackson and the late Mr Harrison.

Mr Caspar Joseph, History Teacher and former Head of Sixth Form in the Boys’ Division recalled Steve: He was an enthusiastic, intelligent and lively minded student. I remember him fondly and I am delighted at his promotion. He loved his football and worked on the School newspaper at the time, the New School Express. He was the son of Don Thompson, a Physics teacher at the School.

Steve takes over the post of regional editor from Karl Holbrook, who recently became editor of Newsquest’s The Northern Echo. Karl said: ‘I am delighted for Steve. We go back a number of years and he has been a key member of the team over the past two years under my tenure.

‘I have no doubt Steve and the team will continue to take all of these wonderful titles to new heights and I wish them all every success.’

Toby Granville, who is the editorial director at Newsquest, said: ‘I’m so pleased to have a talent like Steve back in our fantastic team of editors.

‘Since his last tenure he’s been patiently waiting in the wings to seize the next opportunity in the hot seat — and this one’s landed right on his doorstep.

‘These are challenging times but Steve’s enthusiasm knows no bounds and he’s going to be brilliant in his new role.’

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