Scotsman titles rearrange their editors

Scotsman Publications has reshuffled its two top editorial executives to take over as editors of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday .

Group editorial director John McGurk, 51, has become editor of The Scotsman while current editor Iain Martin moves to the same job at SoS .

Martin, 33 replaces John McLellan, 42, who, as previously announced, is returning to his former role as editor of the Edinburgh Evening News on 22 November because of family commitments.

It had also already been announced that Evening News editor Ian Stewart will be taking over as deputy editor of The Scotsman , replacing Will Peakin.

Edinburgh-born McGurk becomes the first journalist to have edited all three of the main titles owned by the Edinburgh based group.

He has also been deputy editor of the Scottish Daily Record and was editor of the Sunday Sun in Newcastle from 1989-91.

He is the eighth editor of The Scotsman in 10 years.

The paper went compact six-days-a-week in August, and, following a sustained period of falling sales, has benefited from the switch McGurk said: “Our view is that we have halted the sales decline and we are confident that from the last few weeks, the figures will show a fair increase.”

By Hamish Mackay

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