Shetland paper is postponed indefinitely

The launch of a new Scottish newspaper – The Shetland Weekly – has been postponed indefinitely.

The
full-colour tabloid should have appeared on the newsstands this
Thursday, but the launch was put back after it lost its chairman,
managing director, editor, assistant editor and three reporters in the
space of a week.

Acting managing director Maurice Mullay said:
“We need to take a hard look at the situation to make sure we have a
full team in place and we have a good product before we attempt to make
a launch.” He stressed that the 10 directors of Shetland Weekly Ltd
were “solidly behind the project”.

Mullay was due to have
discussions with former editor Richard Whitaker, who resigned, and
assistant editor Jonathan Sutherland and reporter/subeditor partner
Julia Currie – both sacked by managing director Mike Sage.

Sage
and his wife Marion, a trainee reporter on the proposed new paper, were
subsequently suspended on full pay pending an internal investigation.
The husband and wife team had formed a company called Shetland
Newspapers Ltd which was registered with Companies House on 21 February
this year.

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