Daily’s editor to oversee six newspapers after reshuffle

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McGrory Euan.jpg 2A regional daily’s editor will take on responsibility for six newspapers after a new newsroom restructure.

Digital platforms are poised to take over print newspapers which are expected to go the way of hot metal in the Seventies.

JPIMedia has announced Euan McGrory, who currently edits the Edinburgh Evening News, will take on the new title of editor (print) Scotland when the company’s digital-driven restructure is implemented next month.

The move will see Euan, pictured, left oversee the print editions of the Evening News, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Falkirk Herald, Fife Free Press and Southern Reporter.

HTFP reported earlier this week how JPIMedia had begun a reshuffle of its senior editorial staff at the titles as it prepares to introduce its ‘Digital Acceleration’ programme, which sees journalists focus on producing digital content, next month.

Under the new structure, Free Press editor Allan Crow will take on the titles of specialist editor (geographic), with Herald editor Jill Buchanan becoming deputy print and curation editor for the affected titles.

Further appointments to new roles created under the restructure have also been revealed in a message to staff from editorial director Frank O’Donnell, who is leaving the company in an unrelated move to become editor-in-chief at Aberdeen’s Press & Journal.

Current Scotsman news editor Paul Wilson will take charge of The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News in print on a Sunday, while Chris Dry will take charge of Scotland on Sunday in print on a Saturday.

Scotsman arts and books editor Roger Cox is appointed specialist editor (arts), while Ian Johnston becomes specialist editor (comment).

In the announcement, which has been seen by HTFP, Frank said: “I am sure you will all join me in wishing them the very best as they take up their new posts.”

The ‘Digital Acceleration’ programme has already been implemented in the North-East of England and the North Midlands and South Yorkshire.

JPIMedia has declined to comment further.

One comment

  1. Hot metal. Isn’t it incredible to think that not so long ago this was how newspapers were printed.

    How thing change and the transition from paper to digital is now becoming only too clear. Paper is dead, or will be very soon.

    But journalism is worth something. Well good journalism is and that is apparent from the many small scale online journals that have developed. Bella Caledonia, the Ferret, Common FM all have big readerships as do political blogs like Craig Murray or WoS, or Scot Goes Pop.

    The demand for journalism is there and not for the dying MSM who through their poisonous bias have failed to make the cut through into digital pay to read.

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