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Sports journalist chosen to edit two weekly titles

A sports production editor on The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday has been appointed to lead two weekly titles in the English-Scottish borders.

Phil Johnson, 34, is to become the new editor of fellow Johnston Press titles the Berwick Advertiser and Berwickshire News.

He started his journalism career in 1998 as sports editor of the Southern Reporter in Selkirk before joining The Scotsman as a sub-editor two years later, where he has remained since then.

Phil, who has family roots in the area, will take up the editor’s chair on Monday, replacing Stuart Laundy who left in September to edit the Oban Times.

He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be taking on two local newspapers with such long and proud histories.

“The Berwick Advertiser and Berwickshire News are woven into the fabric of the communities they represent and I look forward to working with a talented and dedicated editorial team to move the titles to the next stage of their development.”


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  • November 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

    any experience of news? probably forgot to mention it in the puff. Not essential now anyway- as long you can shove the paper out on the street on time using as few staff as inhumanely possible. Congrats and Good luck though.

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  • November 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Why so cynical Hackette? Have you worked for the paper?

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