Hardy out, Martin in at the Scotsman

Iain Martin, deputy editor of Scotland on Sunday, has been announced as the new editor of The Scotsman following the departure of Rebecca Hardy.

Martin first arrived at Scotland on Sunday as political editor, from The Sunday Times, Scotland.  He had a brief spell on The Scotsman as assistant editor (politics) before returning to SoS as deputy editor last January.

Hardy, the first woman editor of The Scotsman, was due to go on holiday to Barbados for a family Christmas when the announcement was made to staff that she would not be returning.  She was made deputy editor in April 2000 taking over as editor in June.

She has since overseen a huge change of direction for the paper when its sales climbed to more than 100,000 helped by a £5m promotion, which included price-cutting. But by this November they had dropped back to 79,000.

Martin is believed to be a long-time protégé of publisher Andrew Neil, from the time he interviewed Neil when he was a student.

By Jean Morgan

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