Bedlington is a town in Northumberland famous for giving its name to a breed of dog - the Bedlington Terrier - also the name of its football team. The town played a major role in the Industrial Revolution as its iron works housed the only eighteenth century blast furnace in the area. It later created parts for George Stephenson's first locomotive.
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.