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Trinity Mirror announces new digital appointments

Regional publisher Trinity Mirror has announced the appointment of two new digital roles to lead its titles in Scotland following the departure of a digital director.

Media Scotland, the publisher’s Scottish division, has appointed Gordon Stevenson, left, as head of digital and expanded the role of Dave Bohill as digital editor.

The journalists were already working for the company and have helped to drive record online numbers for its titles, which include the Daily Record, Sunday Mail and 22 local newspapers, including the Paisley Daily Express and the Ayrshire Post.

Their appointments were made in a reorganisation after Ewan Watt stepped down as digital editorial director at Media Scotland, leaving the publisher last week after 10 years.

Ewan joined the company from the Scottish Sun where he was assistant editor and it is understood he left Media Scotland to explore new projects and spend more time with his family.

Allan Rennie, editor-in-chief of Media Scotland, said: “We have seen big audience increases – especially on mobile – driven by news exclusives, our bedroom tax campaign, increased video and picture galleries and football blogs.

“This is opening up new opportunities so we have restructured to put digital commercial at the heart of the editorial floor.

“Gordon and Dave make a great team and over the next few weeks will be unveiling products to further accelerate our growth and reinforce our position as Scotland’s leading digital news publisher.

“Gordon’s focus will be driving commercial through innovation and strategic partnership. Dave will complement this by increasing user engagement through brilliant content.”

Gordon and Dave, pictured left, will report to Allan and Denise West, managing director of Media Scotland.