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New publishing chief takes charge in group shake-up

A leading regional publishing group with interests in three corners of the UK has made significant changes to its management and senior editorial team.

The shake-up at the Romanes Media Group has seen a re-focusing of the company structure towards its Scottish base where almost two-thirds of the company’s 32 titles are published.

Keith McIntyre, right, former managing and marketing director of the company’s Berkshire Media Group, swtiches to an all-encompassing new role in Scotland as group publishing director.

And Mike Barclay is the new group commercial director with responsibility for all revenue generation covering both Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile in Berkshire, the MD role has disappeared and two new posts created in its place –Tina Wright as operations director and Dene Tonna the new commercial director, both reporting directly to group managing director Graham Morrison.

The immediate effect of the structural shift has been felt in the confirmation of a raft of new editorial appointments.

Local journalist Marc McLean, far right, a media officer with Glasgow City Council, is the new editor of the flagship Clydebank Post in a group of weeklies that boasts a 20,000 circulation.

Former Post chief reporter Graham Mann, above right, takes over as editor of The Gazette and Barrhead News from the departing Lynn Kernan who has joined News UK as the new deputy digital production editor of The Scottish Sun.

Emma Quigley, who held a watching brief over the Clydebank Post, is confirmed as editor of the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter while Henry Ainslie is named editor of the Helensburgh Advertiser.

And Brian Hossack, editor of the daily The Greenock Telegraph, has also been made editorial manager for the group’s West of Scotland operation while East Lothian Courier editor Robbie Scott takes on a similar role for the East of Scotland.

Further changes see former Telegraph editor Tom McGonigley, who returned last year to take up his old managing editor role with the Clyde Weekly Press division, leaving the company for a third time to go into PR.

And former weeklies’ editor-in-chief Martin Little, who last year assumed a role as head of business development for the titles, has now joined the Aberdeen Press & Journal as online editor.