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New editor for daily as newspaper’s top two move on

A regional daily will be under entirely new management from next week with the editor and his deputy both taking redundancy.

John Hutcheson, left, will leave the Paisley Daily Express on 3 August to be replaced by Cheryl McEvoy, who is currently editor of the weekly Ayrshire Post.

John, who has been editor of the Express for four years, leaves at the same time as deputy editor Gavin Pennie, after both took voluntary redundancy.

The pair opted for VR as part of a scheme offered by Trinity Mirror in Scotland.

As part of the shake-up within the company’s Media Scotland titles, Cheryl will be succeeded at the Post by Rutherglen Reformer editor Kenny Smith.

Meanwhile Reformer deputy editor Douglas Dickie will be promoted to the editor’s role.

Said Cheryl: “I’ve loved my time as editor of the Ayrshire Post but can’t wait to take on the challenge at Paisley and build on the good work done there by John Hutcheson and his team over the last few years.”

Kenny added: “It’s a real challenge taking on the editorship of Media Scotland’s best-selling weekly paper and Cheryl has certainly set the bar very high.

“But I know she has built a great team there and I’m looking forward to working with them.”

Irvine Herald editor Lorraine Howard is to move into a new role as commercial editor (Media Scotland Regionals) while Kilmarnock Standard editor Clair Fullarton will also assume the editorship of the Herald.

Media Scotland Publishing Director Jonathan Russell said: “These appointments reinforce Media Scotland’s commitment to our regional portfolio, both in print and online.

“Cheryl, Kenny, Douglas, Lorraine and Clair have all proved themselves in their current roles and are ready to rise to new challenges to help drive growth in our audience.”

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  • July 27, 2015 at 9:27 am
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    Blimey, there’s more characters congratulating each other here than you find in Proust… except for John and Gavin, the forgotten characters (by the end of the piece) who remain mysteriously quiet amidst all the chatter.

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  • July 27, 2015 at 10:00 am
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    editor and deputy both going. Tells its own story I guess and no detriment to them.

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  • July 27, 2015 at 11:17 am
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    One person now doing the work of two at a daily. Big ask. Must be superwoman.

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