JOURNALISM: The Herald appoints Catherine Salmond as first female editor

Catherine Salmond
Catherine Salmond is currently editor of The Scotland on Sunday

The Herald newspaper in Glasgow has appointed Catherine Salmond as the first female editor in its 239-year history.  Ms Salmond joins from Scotland on Sunday where she has been editor since August last year.

She has previously held senior roles including live news editor at Scotland on Sunday’s sister titles The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News.

Ms Salmond will replace Donald Martin who is standing down as editor-in-chief of the Newsquest paper on 31 August.

She said: “I am honoured to be joining The Herald and am confident this new chapter in its rich history will be an exciting one.

“I will lead with passion and firmness, championing the title and its staff, while ensuring we offer the robust, incisive, and energetic journalism expected online and in print from what is one of Scotland’s great news brands.

“We are all aware of the pressures facing our industry, but The Herald is well placed to meet them head on, with a talented, determined, and forward-thinking team.”

Newsquest Scotland editor-in-chief, Callum Baird, added: “It was clear that Catherine’s ambition for the title matched our own and we look forward to seeing how she can work with the team to deliver her vision.”

Paul O’Neill resigns role as editor of The Irish Times after five years

The Irish Times is beginning a recruitment process for a new editor

The Irish Times is beginning a recruitment process for a new editor

Paul O’Neill is stepping down as The Irish Times editor after five years in the role.

The 57-year-old, who took up the top job in 2017 after eight years of service as deputy editor under Geraldine Kennedy and current environment editor Kevin O’Sullivan, informed The Irish Times board of his intention to leave by the end of the year.  He is also stepping down as a director of The Irish Times DAC.

The company is beginning a recruitment process for a new editor and Mr O’Neill will continue to serve in the role on an interim basis until his replacement is appointed.

Mr O’Neill’s career with the paper began in 1989 when he was hired as the London correspondent and progressed through a variety of roles, such as crime correspondent, deputy news editor and finance editor.

Prior to joining The Irish Times, the Waterford native worked for the Cork Examiner and the Waterford News & Star.

“I began my career in a traditional newspaper company which has been transformed into a modern digital publisher which now holds top position in the Irish digital subscriptions market,” he said in a statement circulated by The Irish Times HR department.

“Change of that magnitude has brought good days and bad. It is a work-in-progress and probably always will be.”

Chair Dan Flinter praised Mr O’Neill for “an extraordinary contribution to The Irish Times Group over the past 40 years and, in particular, as editor over the past five-and-a-half years”.

The Irish Times Group made an operating profit of €7.2m in 2020, the most recent year for which accounts have been filed.

The performance was an improvement on 2019’s operating profit of €1.3m, although the company received €3m in Covid-19 wage subsidies, according to the accounts.

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