Editors surplus to requirements at two Scottish regional newspapers

By Sarah Lagan

The editors’ positions at The Lennox and Dumfries & Galloway Standard have been made redundant.

The Lennox will now be edited by regional editor, west, Alan
Woodison who also edits the Ayrshire Post, the Irvine Herald and the
Kilmarnoch Standard.

Galloway News editor Elizabeth Martin has
been appointed regional editor, south, encompassing the Dumfries &
Galloway Standard.

Neither Graham Crawford of The Lennox or
Adrian Barnfather, who edited the Dumfries title for 12 years, applied
for the advertised position of regional editor on their respective
titles.

Barnfather is going through consultation and may be found
a job elsewhere in the company. If no alternative employment is found,
his redundancy will go ahead on 10 May.

Crawford has accepted the
position of editorial manager on a rival title to The Lennox, The
Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter as well as the Helensburgh
Advertiser under independent publisher Forth & Clyde Press for
which he used to work for when editing the Clydebank Post.

Crawford said: “I’m sad to leave but it’s the way things go sometimes.

“The Lennox has a great rapport with its readers and circulation is at a modern-day high.

“I
know many readers are disappointed that the paper will no longer have
its own dedicated editor. I just hope that editorial quality isn’t
compromised as a result.

“I’m very excited about my new position and I intend on realising the huge potential of these titles.”

Crawford
joined The Lennox Herald in 2001 from the Clydebank Post and took the
paper through a revamp. He renamed it The Lennox and raised circulation
by more than 1,000.

In 1999 and 2000, under his leadership, the
Post won the Newspaper Society’s circulation award, picking up best
weekly newspaper for circulations between 5,000 and 25,000.

A
spokesman for Scottish & Universal Newspapers said: “These changes
follow a review of the editorial management structure of S&UN,
designed to ensure that the business remains fully competitive within
the Scottish regional newspaper market.”

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