Buchan Observer editor leaves 25 years after joining paper as 16-year-old trainee

Buchan Observer editor Ken Duncan has left the newspaper 25 years after joining as a 16-year-old trainee.

Duncan is moving on to work for a development trust in the area, Peterhead Projects.

He will be replaced by deputy editor Morag Kuc, who worked for the newspaper when Duncan arrived.

“Morag has been a fundamental driving force behind the Buchan Observer ever since I arrived in the office straight from school in 1989,” Duncan said.

“We have worked together through the good times and the more difficult spells, but our commitment to providing strong local news coverage has never wavered.

“I have no doubt Morag, aided by our editorial teams, will take all the titles on to great things in the years to come.”

According to ABC, the Observer recorded a weekly circulation of 5,385 in the second half of 2012.

Kuc, who takes control of the Observer and its sister titles, the Fraserburgh Herald, Ellon Times and Inverurie Herald, said: “I first met Ken when we took him on as a young trainee in 1989. I left to have my daughter in 1992 and joined the Fraserburgh Herald for seven years then returned to the Buchanie in 1999.

“Ken headed to Ayr as editor of several free titles down there, before returning in 2001 and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

“It’ll be like losing my right arm – it will be strange not doing the crossword with him, not making his coffee, and not listening to his ranting.

“However, I wish him all the very best in his new career and he’ll be right around the corner, so it’s not like the office has seen the last of him.

“Looking forward, I’ve got an excellent team of reporters across all titles who I have no doubt will continue our good work."

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