Shaun Milne hired by Deadline in consultant role

Media commentator Shaun Milne has been appointed consultant managing editor at Deadline Picture and Press Agency, the Scottish news service.

Milne – a former associate news editor at the Daily Record, and former assistant editor at the Scottish Daily Mirror – will be based in Edinburgh full time, for an initial three-month period.

He said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the most forward-thinking agencies of its kind in the UK.

‘There is already an excellent young team in place which punches above its weight, as they showed from a splash-filled weekend. I’ve already been impressed by their work ethic.

‘My role will be very clearly to further strengthen our news coverage, push our video content, help break fresh ground with a new features department and, of course, generate great exclusives.

‘I’m also looking forward to working with colleagues across the industry again, some of them old friends and some of them new, and hope they will increasingly make Deadline a first port of call.”

As part of the changes, news editor Lauren Crooks will set up a features department.

Scott Douglas, co-director of Deadline, said: ‘We were missing a features department, and after scouring the market for somebody to take on the role it was clear the ideal candidate was already in our office.”

Deadline’s patch includes Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Scottish Borders, taking in courts, tribunals, the Scottish Parliament, and breaking news stories.

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