Damian Bates to edit the Press and Journal

Damian Bates, editor of Aberdeen’s Evening Express, has been appointed as the new editor of sister title, the Press and Journal – one of Britain’s oldest daily papers.

Bates will take up his new post in March following the retirement of Derek Tucker.

Tucker, one of the longest serving Scottish daily editors, announced his departure in November. He has been at the helm of the Press and Journal for more than 18 years.

Bates joined the Evening Express in August, 2003 and became its editor in April, 2006 after having previously worked as deputy editor.

Alan Scott, Aberdeen Journals managing director, said: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Damian Bates as Editor of The Press and Journal effective from 1st March, 2011.

“Damian joined Aberdeen Journals Limited on 4th August, 2003, as deputy editor of the Evening Express and subsequently became editor on 24th April, 2006.

“I am sure you will all join with me in wishing Damian every success in his new role and, as far as his replacement is concerned, I would hope to make an announcement in the very near future as to who that will be.”

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