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Derek Tucker, editor of the Aberdeen Press and Journal, has joined the Press Complaints Commission as one of the seven editorial members, replacing Glasgow Evening Times editor Charles McGhee, who has retired from the Commission after a two-year stint.
Derek has been editor of the Press & Journal since 1992. He began his career at the Express and Star newspaper in 1972, before moving to the Press and Journal as editor. This is his second term as an editorial member of the Commission.

Media commentator Roy Greenslade is to be the keynote speaker at the Newspaper Society’s Circulation, Editorial and Promotions Conference in Manchester, in March.
The Telegraph columnist started out at the Barking Advertiser and then the Lancashire Evening Post before embarking on a career at the nationals, becoming a columnist at The Guardian on media matters as well as being chairman of the media ethics charity MediaWise and a professor of journalism.

Journalists have been given assurances from the Government that they will be guaranteed continued access to election counts, even if they do not wish to apply for accredited observer status under the new Electoral Administration Bill.
The all-clear was given by Minister of State at the Department of Cultural Affairs, Harriet Harman.

John Robertson, retired chairman of the Newbury Weekly News, has been appointed a non-executive director of Baylis & Co, which publishes the Maidenhead Advertiser.
John has more than 37 years of newspaper industry experience and hopes to assist the board on improving performance, management and the overall success of the business.

Michael Johnston has been appointed managing director at Scotsman Publications following its acquisition by Johnston Press.
The former journalist was previously MD at Johnston Press’s south division.

An injured cat in Lincoln was named Echo, after readers raised £700 to save the animal’s leg after an accident.

The Norwich Evening News has handed out honours and more than £25,000 in cash prizes at its first Schools Newspaper of the Year Competition.
The newspaper worked with sponsors NTL to decide on the shortlist and winners of prizes for the schools and individual young editors, photographers, artists and writers.