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Former daily editor appointed to new Trinity Mirror role

The former editor of a Scottish daily has been appointed to a new role at Trinity Mirror’s titles north of the border.

Former Herald editor Jonathan Russell, left, has become publishing director at Media Scotland, where he will oversee the Paisley Daily Express, 17 weekly titles and the new Now titles for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The new role has been created following the decision of locals group editor Alan Woodison to take early retirement after 34 years with the company.

Jonathan left his role as editor of The Herald last October after two-and-a-half years in charge and he has also been assistant editor of the Daily Record and editor of the Paisley Daily Express.

Allan Rennie, editor in chief of Media Scotland, said: “We would all like to wish Alan a happy retirement and welcome Jonathan on board.”

Jonathan, who will report to Allan, was a consultant in the launch of Glasgow Now and Edinburgh Now, which are new free titles for their cities and the Glasgow newspaper was launched last week with a rebranding of The Glaswegian.

In his new role, he will work closely with Helena Morrow, commercial manager for Media Scotland locals, on opportunities to grow the business.