Former Scottish Daily Mirror editor Jonathan Russell has been appointed editor of the Paisley Daily Express.
He replaces Norman Macdonald, whose reign saw the paper become the UK’s fastest-growing regional morning paper for the past four years.
Russell began his career with the Aberdeen Evening Express and then worked for news agencies in Yorkshire, returning to Scotland in 1994 to become Scottish correspondent of the Daily Mirror.
As the Mirror evolved a Scottish edition, he was chief reporter and news editor, and then had a period with The Mail on Sunday in Scotland before returning to the Scottish Mirror in 1999 as deputy editor and then editor in 2000. Since March last year he has been freelancing in Glasgow.
Macdonald has left to set up his own media company, Macdonald Media, handling PR as well as external and in-house publication contracts.
His wife, Anne Dalrymple, is news editor of the Paisley Daily Express.
By Hamish Mackay