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Editor leaves regional daily for council PR role

A regional daily editor has left the title after around 10 years to become a council press officer.

Anne Caine has left the helm of the Greenock Telegraph to become a media officer at East Renfrewshire Council.

Following her departure last week, senior reporter Brian Hossack has been appointed as acting editor of the paper for an initial three-month period.

Anne is thought to have been led the Scottish daily since the departure of Wendy Metcalfe in April 2011, who left the title to move to a role managing 10 newspapers in her native Canada.

Further changes at the Romanes Media Group include former Telegraph editor Tom McConigley returning in a consultancy role as acting managing editor of its Clyde Weekly Press division.

He previously held the role of managing editor of Clyde and Forth Media until he left in 2011.

Tom later set up company PR for Higher, which claimed to be the only pay-as-you-go PR firm in the UK, aiming to get publicity for businesses without them being tied in to long-term contracts.

He will partly perform the role held by Martin Little, who has moved to a newly created role as head of business development for Clyde and Forth Media from being editor-in-chief of its Scottish weeklies.

Graham Morrison, managing director of the Romanes Media Group, said: “The appointment of Martin as head of business development comes at an exciting time as we look to develop and enhance our digital and magazine offerings.

“Martin’s experience will prove invaluable in this newly created role, growing the business and building audience numbers across these platforms whilst at the same time developing close relationships with our consumers.”