Sunday Post editor Martin also takes on Weekly News

Sunday Post editor Donald Martin is also to take on the editorship of sister Saturday title The Weekly News.

The move follows the announcement that Weekly News editor David Burness is to take early retirement after 39 years with the Dundee-based publisher.

The Weekly News describes itself as “the newspaper that thinks it is a magazine” and it carries a mixture of “real-life” content, celebrity news and interviews and TV and film listings.

According to a National Readership Survey figure for 2009, quoted on the Weekly News website, it has a UK-wide circulation of just over 50,000.

In statement DC Thomson chairman Andrew Thomson said: “After 39 years with DC Thomson, Dave Burness has decided to take the opportunity to retire from the business.

“In his time with the business Dave has worked for a number of our prominent titles. He initially started his career in The Weekly News before moving to work for Celebrity Magazine and subsequently The Sunday Post. Dave rejoined The Weekly News nine years ago and latterly took up the position of editor.

“In the past 18 months, Dave and his team have gone through a number of changes which have turned the title from a loss making position to making a positive contribution to the business.

“Dave and his team have worked with great professionalism and commitment during what has been a very difficult time. Having achieved what he set out to, Dave feels now is the time for the title to take its next steps with new direction and guidance.”

According to DC Thomson Rod Cameron will manage the day to day running of the Weekly News.

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