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Senior roles at risk after Scottish newspaper merger

Four senior members of the Daily Record’s editorial staff are in talks with management at Trinity Mirror’s newly formed Media Scotland about their futures.

The brand was created last month when the company announced it was combining the Daily Record, Sunday Mail and sister company Scottish and Universal Newspapers to create a single business unit.

Though it has not been confirmed by the company which individuals are affected, they are understood to include deputy editor Bob Caldwell, assistant editor Tom Hamilton, and former managing editor Derek Stewart-Brown, who has been recently operating as head of motors and commercial supplements.

A spokesperson for Trinity Mirror said: “We can confirm we have entered into a confidential period of consultation with four senior members of staff from Media Scotland.”

A meeting took place on Friday between the company and representatives from the Scottish branch of the National Union of Journalists, though nobody from the union was available for comment at time of publication.

The move has already seen the departure of Bruce Waddell editor-in chief of the Scottish Daily Record after eight years, with Allan Rennie, former Sunday Mail editor who went on to become editorial development director of Trinity Mirror’s national titles, named the new editor-in-chief.