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Chief sub steps up to take charge at Scottish weekly

The free weekly Aberdeen Independent has a new editor.

Angus Begg has stepped up from the role of chief sub-editor, his role since joining the paper in 1999, after former boss Derek Pyper retired.

Angus said: “I’m looking forward to the new role and the new challenge.

“We always have a keen eye on what’s happening and we’ll maybe change little bits here and there.

“We did a big design change about a year ago so we won’t be changing too much.”

The 56-year-old has worked at various titles across Scotland including the Dunfermline Press and the Perthshire Advertiser where he started his career.

Angus said that rumours continued to abound over a possible takeover for the paper from current owner Keith Barwell, now also chairman and owner of Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

The Aberdeen Independent was the only title Mr Barwell held onto when he sold his free newspaper empire to Thomson Corporation for £20m in 1988.

The Aberdeen Independent has a weekly distribution of approximately 70,000 copies and is staffed by the small editorial team of Keith Lobban, John Sorrie and new trainee reporter/sub-editor Carol-Ann Mackenzie.