JOURNALISM: Murphy is new managing editor of Reporter and Advertiser group

By Hamish Mackay

Gillian Murphy, a journalist with the Clydebank PostDumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter and the Helensburgh Advertiser, has been promoted.

Murphy began her career as a reporter in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked for the Herald Sun regional daily.

On returning to Scotland, she joined the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald and has also worked for the Clydebank PostDumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter and the Helensburgh Advertiser.

Her boss, Paul Fisher, managing editor of Newsquest Scotland’s Ayrshire and Clyde Weekly Press titles, is joining Reach plc, which owns the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, the Lennox Herald and a stable of weeklies ands websites, is taking on the role of launch editor of its Aberdeen Live website.

HoldTheFront Page reports that Paul will be succeeded by his current deputy Gillian Murphy.

Paul will be joined at Aberdeen Live by DC Thomson Media’s Dundee-based crime and courts reporter, Ciaran Shanks, who has worked for The Courier and Evening Telegraph titles for the past five years. Reach plc announced the launch of Aberdeen Live in the summer as part of a range of launches across Scotland which is reported to be creating 30 jobs.

Gillian Murphy began her career as a reporter in Melbourne, Australia, where she worked for the Herald Sun regional daily. On returning to Scotland, she joined the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald.

Meanwhile, John McLellan, who has been director of the Scottish Newspaper Society since 2013, is to stand down from his role as a Conservative councillor on Edinburgh City Council to concentrate on his media and academic work.

A former editor of The ScotsmanScotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News, and a former director of communications for the Scottish Conservatives, John has been an Edinburgh councillor since 2017.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: ‘It has been fascinating to see the workings of the council from the inside after years of observing from the outside, but it has been increasingly difficult to combine council work with my other interests and family life’.

Although he hopes to continue as a columnist and commentator, he is set to play a very active role in taking forward the recommendations of the recent report on public interest journalism in Scotland.


Legendary newspaper cartoonist ‘Matt’ has once again designed a special Christmas card exclusively for Journalists’ Charity supporters. He has been supporting the JC in this very valuable way for a number of years.

If you would like to help out the JC in its fundraising endeavours, you can purchase a pack of 10 for just £5, plus P&P: Click here!

No doubt, West Dunbartonshire Council SNP administration leader Cllr Jonathan McColl and his boss, Nicola Sturgeon, will be looking for cuts  they can make in local government spending in order to divert public money – not their money, of course, to charities such as this one.

  • Hamish Mackay is media correspondent of the Scottish Review

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