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Publisher launches search for new Scottish editorial supremo

Magnus LlewellinNewsquest is looking for a new editorial supremo at its Scottish titles after the current news chief landed a national newspaper job.

The company is seeking a Scotland editor-in-chief to take overall responsiblity for titles including The Herald, Sunday Herald, The National and Glasgow Evening Times when Magnus Llewellin leaves the company to become Scottish editor at The Times.

Newsquest says it is seeking¬†an editor of the “highest calibre” to take over from Magnus, pictured left, and the post is now being advertised on HoldtheFrontPage.

The successful candidate will lead an editorial team some 200 strong at offices across Scotland, reporting to Newsquest Scotland managing director Graham Morrison.

The advert reads: “The future Newsquest Scotland editor-in-chief will have proven success in senior editorial management roles and a good understanding of newspaper and digital production.

“He or she will demonstrate true leadership qualities and relish the challenges of a rapidly evolving print and digital media landscape.

“A sound knowledge of Scotland, its politics, business, sport and culture are essential.”

Magnus took up the editorship of Glasgow-based daily The Herald in 2013, having previously served as its deputy editor/

He was promoted to editor-in-chief at the Herald & Times Group in October 2015, after the Richard Walker, editor of the Sunday Herald and The Nation, and Tony Carlin, of the Evening Times, stepped down as part of a voluntary redundancy scheme.

Magnus began his career at the Ellesmere Port Pioneer in 1988, moving to become deputy news editor at the Chester Chronicle the following yer.

He took on the same role at the Edinburgh Evening News in 1990 after initially joining as a senior reporter.

In 1997, Magnus became assistant news editor on the Daily Record, moving to become The Scotsman’s news editor the following year.

He spent two years as assistant editor at Business AM before joining The Herald in 2002 – where he served as news editor and senior assistant editor before taking up its deputy editorship.


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  • June 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

    True, Sledge, I am an apt fellow for such an incumbency – anything connected to the word ‘supremo’ is most apposite. I also “relish the challenges of a rapidly evolving print and digital media landscape”, being keenly appreciative of landscapes. But I am kept busy penning A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland at this moment and must regretfully decline your offer. Contact me at the coffee house in a few months when NQ is looking again.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Of course, I meant the above to be signed Dick Minim. As one born in 1709 I still struggle with electrical communication methods on occasion.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Am I alone in thinking that moving from editorial supremo to taking charge of a small part of The Times is something of a climbdown? Begging the question, was he pushed or did he finally come to his senses re Newsquest?

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  • June 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Wait up Dick – aren’t you already up that way writing a book or spending your final salary pension on one of those cruises you always wanted to go on? I smell a fait accompli here…

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