Record in swoop on Independent picture desk

Lynn Cullen

 The Independent’s picture editor, Lynn Cullen,  has been poached by Daily Record editor Peter Cox.

Cox has appointed Cullen to replace picture editor Stuart Nicol, off to The Mail on Sunday.

Cullen went to The Independent in 1999 after she resigned from the News of the World. She had spent all her career, from 1987, with the NoW, joining as a picture researcher and rising to run the first all-woman top team on the picture desk in 1997.

Cox was highly pleased with his signing. "To be honest there aren’t that many picture editors about," he said.  "I will be extremely sorry to lose a professional like Stuart Nicol but I am delighted to have found his equal as a replacement."

The appointment comes at a time when the paper has just launched two new, pre-printed sections, Vital for women and 192, an entertainments directory.

Cox’s wife Kay, who has been editor of the paper’s health section, The Max, is editing the 16-page Vital with women’s editor Jill Main. The Max has now been integrated into Vital.

The new 192 is a youth section edited by Record showbiz editor Rick Fulton.

lCox has invited John McCormick, controller of BBC Scotland, to thrash out their differences over dinner, after Cox accused the channel of a sneering attitude towards his paper and criticised its coverage of a Record story branding a murdered asylum seeker a conman.

Cox wrote to BBC Scotland with his complaints this month (Press Gazette, 17 August) and has, he said, received a very full letter in reply from Blair Jenkins, in charge of news and current affairs, – "most of which I reject. We are just not seeing eye-to-eye at the moment," he said.

Both Jenkins and McCormick suggested a meeting in the letter. A BBC Scotland spokesman said neither had received a reply. Cox insists his invitation is in McCormick’s in-tray.  He refused to be drawn on Guardian media columnist Roy Greenslade’s call for him to apologise for the asylum seeker story. "I won’t even grace that with a reply," he said.

Greenslade and Cox are old foes. In a previous row, Cox dubbed Greenslade "St Roy the Pious".

By Jean Morgan

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