Northern Rock was British bank, most recently owned and operated by Virgin Money. It was based at Regent Centre in Newcastle and during 2012 the brand was phased out and replaced by Virgin. It was best known for being the first bank in 150 years to suffer a bank run.
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.