Portsmouth's Gilson to edit The Scotsman

Mike Gilson, editor of The News in Portsmouth, has been named as the new editor of The Scotsman.

Gilson, who has been an editor of Johnston Press titles for 10 years, and has edited The News since 2000. He was previously editor of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

He is a member of the Press Complaints Commission's code committee after having served on Johnston Press' Editorial Review Group. He is chairman of the company's Digital Publishing Working Party advising on future newsroom operations in the digital age.

Under his editorship at The News the paper won the Newspaper Society's Campaign of the Year award for its efforts to win an Arctic Star medal for British veterans of the World War 2 Russian Convoys.

Gilson said: "I am delighted to be appointed to such a prestigious and challenging post. The Scotsman has a fantastic history and plays a pivotal role in Scottish life.

"I am a committed journalist and any newspaper I edit places itself at the centre of debate, sparks opinion and is talked about. The Scotsman I edit will tackle the issues of the day, addressing the concerns of its readership and the community as a whole."

The Scotsman sells an extra 8,000 copies than the News at 66,462.

Johnston Press acquired the Scotsman's publishers Scotsman Publications this year from the Barclay Brothers for £161 million.

The group also includes the Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland on Sunday, the weekly free Edinburgh Herald & Post series, and Scotsman.com.

Three weeks ago Johnston appointed Sunday Times Scotland editor Les Snowdon as editor of Scotland on Sunday.

Managing Director of Johnston Press' Scottish Division, Michael Johnston said: "Mike Gilson and Les Snowdon are two outstanding journalists. Their appointments underscore

Johnston Press' commitment to The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday's future as the nation's leading quality newspapers."


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