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Herald's new editor appointed

Mark Douglas Home, the new editor of the Glasgow Herald is being welcomed as a “real catch” by the company.

He is currently editor of Sunday Times Scotland and will join current Herald editor Harry Reid for an extended hand-over period. Mr Reid will then oversee special projects for Scottish Media Group, which owns the Herald, before retiring next spring.

Announcing the new appointment, Des Hudson, managing director of SMG’s publishing division, said: “There’s no doubt that Mark is a real catch, for The Herald’s readers, for its staff and for SMG.

“His recognition of The Herald’s place within Scotland and his creative and incisive ideas for its future development are impressive. Harry Reid has a worthy successor.”

Mr Douglas Home (48) said: “This is indeed the best job in Scottish journalism and I’m delighted and privileged to be taking it on.

“I’m also looking forward to working with The Herald’s team to attract new readers to the paper. The Herald has a long and distinguished history and a very bright and prosperous future.”

Mr Douglas Home is a former deputy editor of Scotland on Sunday and news editor of the Scotsman, as well as being The Independent’s Scotland correspondent from 1986 to 1990.

There have already been significant developments at the Herald in the last year, including a major re-design in May, and the movement of editorial, advertising and admin staff to new purpose-built offices.

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