11:40am Thursday 28th April 2016
The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees. You can play along by following @echopeterbarron and @alibrownlee on Twitter.
8:27am Monday 18th April 2016
OF all the truly incredible people I've met in my time in newspapers, it's hard to think of anyone who tops Lyndon Longhorne for courage, determination and sheer will of personality.
7:40am Friday 8th April 2016
TODAY is my last day as editor of The Northern Echo and I leave with a kaleidoscope of memories. Many of them are happy, some of them sad, but they come together as an unforgettable experience and an enormous privilege.
7:55am Monday 4th April 2016
WE live in the age of 24-hour news, with more emphasis than ever on being first, but sometimes it takes time to break a story.
9:56am Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Lovely start to the day...
8:41am Monday 14th March 2016
MAN flu is a terrible condition. I've been really suffering from it: wheezy chest, pounding head, no energy, feeling sorry for myself.
6:28pm Wednesday 9th March 2016
WHEN Liverpool supporters staged their recent walkout over ticket prices, a banner was held up, declaring: “Football without fans is nothing.”
4:00pm Monday 7th March 2016
SINCE Friday’s announcement that I will soon be leaving the editor’s chair at The Northern Echo after 17 years, I’ve spent most of my time reading hundreds of messages – one or two saying “good riddance” but nearly all of them very kind.
2:02pm Friday 4th March 2016
AFTER 17 years, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to step down as editor of The Northern Echo at the end of this month.
8:04am Monday 29th February 2016
AS well as inspiring an extraordinary reaction on his home patch of Teesside, news of the death of “The Voice of the Boro” Ali Brownlee reached far and wide.
7:27pm Monday 22nd February 2016
ANY event which attracts 45,000 people to a town has a clear value and The Festival of Thrift has been an extremely welcome addition to Darlington’s cultural offering since it was first held at the Lingfield Point business park in 2013.
11:30am Monday 22nd February 2016
SO much has been said and written about “The Voice of the Boro” Ali Brownlee but I can’t let the first “From The Editor’s Chair” column since his death pass without paying a personal tribute. I still can’t believe that we won’t be sparring with each other on the daily Headline Challenge which has become so popular on the BBC Tees breakfast show. We laughed a lot and even sang off-key together when the Headline Challenge story demanded. Here are my top Ali Brownlee memories...
2:18pm Monday 15th February 2016
WHEN I look back on my time in the editor’s chair, the dealings I’ve had with those in the hot-seat at Darlington Football Club are sure to figure prominently.
11:55am Monday 15th February 2016
I TOOK the saddest of telephone calls this morning, informing me that BBC broadcaster Ali Brownlee – “the voice of the Boro” – had died.
9:59am Monday 8th February 2016
EVEN now, 54 years on, Irene still needs to wipe away tears and take a deep breath as she remembers the day she gave birth to her son – January 2, 1962.
8:09am Monday 1st February 2016
IT was nothing short of a joy to host the Darlington Schools Eurovision Song Contest at the town's Civic Theatre last week.
11:11am Thursday 28th January 2016
So sad to hear my old journalism lecturer at Darlington College, Robin Crowther, has died.
8:39am Monday 25th January 2016
THERE are journalists all over the world who were trained in Darlington. For decades, the town has not only been known for giving birth to the railways but nurturing careers in the media.
3:01pm Tuesday 19th January 2016
Our website is currently posing the enticing question: Has the Durham Puma moved to North Yorkshire?
11:43am Tuesday 19th January 2016
ONE of the reasons for writing this blog is to attempt to give readers an insight into an editor's life.