Sunday Mirror deputy James Scott is new People editor

Sunday Mirror deputy editor James Scott has been appointed editor of the People.

He takes over from Lloyd Embley, who became editor of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror when Richard Wallace and Tina Weaver were sacked two weeks ago.

Scott started his career at South West News Service in Bristol before moving to The Sun.

He joined the Mirror in 1999, working as a showbiz reporter, before moving to The People as deputy news editor. He later moved to the Sunday Mirror as news editor and became deputy editor in 2004.

He said: ‘I am thrilled to have been given this new challenge. The People is a great Sunday newspaper with a long and proud history and I very much look forward to working with the team during this exciting time for the group.”

Mark Hollinshead, managing director of Trinity Mirror Nationals, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce James’ appointment. He is a highly-talented and experienced journalist who will bring his natural journalistic flair and drive to the role.

‘The People continues to deliver a resilient circulation performance against cut-price competitors and I’m confident that James is the right man to take the title forward.”

The latest ABC circulation figures for April show the People’s circulation was down 3.79 per cent year on year to 461,973, making it one of the bext-performing Sunday titles that month.

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