Ned Payne

Ned Payne joined as desk editor in March 2019 following more than 11 years in the regional newspaper industry.

Payne cut his journalism teeth as a sports reporter at the Wiltshire Times, based in Trowbridge, and his progress was such that he quickly moved on to sister title the Swindon Advertiser.

There he became a trusted voice on the local speedway and ice hockey clubs and established a reputation as an all-rounder, being also an authoritative writer on Swindon Town, European Tour golf and international swimming.

Payne joined the Bournemouth Echo in March 2014 where he chronicled the latter stages of AFC Bournemouth’s fairytale rise to the Premier League and subsequent success at the top level.

He was promoted to chief sports writer in October 2018.

Payne has exclusive interviews with the likes of Harry Kane, Rebecca Adlington, Gary Anderson, Jermain Defoe and Georgia Hall under his belt.

Ned Payne

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