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Scottish paid-for welcomes new editor

An award-winning journalist and seasoned campaigner has been named as the new editor of a Scottish weekly.
Willie Mack, pictured, has been announced as the new editor of Wyvex Media owned title The Oban Times.
Willie has previously edited newspapers both north and south of the Border, in a career spanning almost four decades.

His previous roles have included those of group editor with Newsquest in East London, editor of the Johnston Press-owned Southern Reporter in the Scottish borders, and editor of a group of titles in Alloa owned by the now-defunct Forth Independent Newspapers.

During his time at the Southern Reporter, the publication was voted best local newspaper in Scotland for three years in a row, and he also picked up a clutch of awards at Alloa.

Willie, a passionate advocate for the local press, is relishing the prospect of joining The Oban Times.

He told HoldtheFrontPage: “The Oban Times is one of Scotland’s great local newspapers, and I am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to help write a new chapter in the history of this well respected and popular title.

“Ever since my first job as a cub reporter on the Paisley Gazette, I have always enjoyed the variety and richness of local newspapers. And that interest remains undiminished.

“These are both exciting and challenging times for the local press, but I passionately believe that local newspapers such as The Oban Times can still play a crucial and central part in informing and shaping the community – whether in newsprint or on a digital platform.’

Willie and his wife Ann, also a journalist, have visited Oban and the surrounding area many times over the years and have enjoyed family holidays on Mull and Tiree.

He added: “I am really looking forward to taking up the reins, and becoming a part of the local community.”

Wyvex Media Managing Director, Alister Bennett, said: “We very much look forward to Willie joining us in June, and to progressing our plans to further improve The Oban Times.”