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Scotsman editor unveils new top team

A series of new appointments have been announced at Johnston Press’ flagship titles in the Scottish capital.

After a recent review of working practices conducted by Scotsman Group editor-in-chief John McLellan, new roles have been announced covering the combined Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday editorial and production departments.

Scotsman business editor Peter MacMahon is the assistant editor (comment, features and politics) while the same paper’s news editor Frank O’Donnell will be assistant editor (group head of news).

Scotland on Sunday political editor Eddie Barnes has been appointed group politics editor, reporting to Peter MacMahon, and follows the recent departure of The Scotsman’s Edinburgh-based political editor Hamish Macdonell.

Terry Murden, currently Scotland on Sunday business and City editor, is the new group business editor and Scotsman sports editor Donald Walker is now group sports editor.

Fiona Leith, who currently edits Scotland on Sunday’s review magazine, has been appointed group magazines editor.

She will also oversee arts coverage in The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

Reporting to Fiona is Scotsman arts editor Andrew Eaton, who is the new group arts and entertainments editor.

The new appointments will take effect before the end of July. They follow the announcement last month of two new editors for Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News.

Scotsman deputy editor Ian Stewart is now also editor of Scotland on Sunday while Tom Little is editor of the Evening News which is expected to remain largely separate in the new structure.

Further editorial restructuring is expected with these new department heads asked to develop new working arrangements affecting news, features, sport, business and politics.

As with the merged subbing and picture operations, the company said it would be seeking voluntary redundancies expected to be up to 25 roles.