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Long-standing journalists take redundancy at Scottish titles

Five long-standing journalists including a sports editor and chief sports writer are taking redundancy packages at a Scottish newspaper group.

Newsquest’s the Herald and Times Group has confirmed the departures from its Glasgow titles The Herald and Sunday Herald.

At The Herald, chief sports writer Hugh MacDonald is among those taking voluntary redundancy after 34 years there to go freelance.

And Sunday Herald sports editor Jonathan Jobson is leaving after holding the position since 2008 and having previously been part of the paper’s launch team.

Also leaving is columnist and writer Alan Taylor, who has written a diary for the Sunday title for the last 15 years. He is working on a book about Glasgow and will be writing regularly for the Times Literary Supplement.

And Herald food writer Cate Devine is also taking redundancy after 19 years, although she will continue to write for the paper in a freelance capacity.

Group digital head Calum Macdonald who has worked at the titles since 1990 has also left, having previously worked as group news editor and as a reporter.

A number of redundancies have also been reported at Johnston Press-owned Scotsman Publications, including three sports journalists who between them have clocked up around 82 years there.

Chief sports writer Stuart Bathgate departs The Scotsman after almost 22 years to go freelance, sports editor Colin Leslie has left after 16 years while, as previously reported by HTFP, rugby correspondent Bill Lothian is leaving his role at the Edinburgh Evening News after 44 years on the sports desk.

Others leaving the Edinburgh Evening News include chief writer Sandra Dick, who has worked for the paper for 20 years and associate editor Gina Davidson, who has been there for the last 16 years.

No-one from Johnston Press has so far responded to requests for a comment on the reports.

It was revealed last October that up to 45 jobs would go under plans to merge the editorial operations of the three Edinburgh-based titles.

And in February the Herald and Times Group announced that ten editorial roles were at risk and invited voluntary redundancy applications.


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  • April 1, 2015 at 7:24 am

    About time too. Old fogies like these are blocking the path to fresh new talent … coincidentally, like my Year 10 son who’s willing to do all the above for £12k pa and shovel enough online content to power an ocean-going liner from the Golden Age. Ah, yes, that Golden Age… fast receding now.

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  • April 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Sadly, experience, competence, talent and years served count for nothing at JP.

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  • April 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

    No qualified staff, just teenagers cutting and pasting press releases. Oh, the price will go up 10% to cover the redundancy costs as well, welcome to the future of journalism.

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  • April 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Can’t believe management attitude to sport. With news content often so weak it has been a strong point for many papers. Now quality is out the window as people who could not write a shopping list are “hired” for nothing and get 500 words into the paper, more often than not unchecked. The age of 100 per cent vanity publishing is truly upon us, sports fans.

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