Finney retires after long career

Hereford Times sports editor Jeremy Finney has retired after a 40-year association with the paper.

He began his journalism career in the days of hot metal printing and finished by being responsible for producing 10 sports pages of the Hereford Times by computer each week.

He said: “Times have changed greatly in newspaper production, but the spirit remains the same in local journalism.

“There is the urge to present all the county news to the people of Herefordshire in an accurate and attractive way and I hope this has been achieved on the sports pages of our paper.”

Finney has been sports editor for the past 16 years and, during the last five of those and with Liz Griffin as editor, the number of sports pages has doubled with a wider coverage than ever.

He began work as a news reporter on the Leominster News in 1961 and transferred to full-time sport in 1967 when he moved to the Hereford Evening News and Hereford Times.

Finney took over as sports editor on the retirement of Ted Woodriffe in 1991.

Richard Prime, who joined the Times in 2003 as a writer and sub-editor, has succeeded Finney as sports editor.

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