Andrew M Potts has been appointed editor of the Sydney Star Observer.

Potts takes over from Scott Abrahams, who will remain CEO of Gay and Lesbian Community Publishing Ltd (GLCP) and publisher of the Sydney Star Observer and Southern Star Observer newspapers, and the company’s rapidly growing web presence, www.starobserver.com.au

Potts joined the Star Observer as a columnist in 2007 and served on the GLCP board for a year before switching to the role of journalist in 2009.

The same year he was commissioned to write a history of the paper, which appeared as a lift-out in its 30th anniversary edition.

Abrahams said he felt it was time for a change for both himself and the paper.

“I’ve enjoyed editing the paper immensely, but after four years in the role it is time to step back and put the paper in a fresh set of hands,” he said.

Potts said he would work to see the paper continue in its role as the GLBTI community’s journal of record, and the publication that GLBTIs who cared about the news looked to first.

“Scott kept this paper afloat through the global financial crisis when other GLBTI publications around the world were crumbling and led it to its largest ever profit last financial year, all the time breaking big stories that you couldn’t read in the mainstream papers, so his are giant shoes to fill,” Potts said.

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