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Daily editors axed in restructure after 36 years’ combined service

donald-martin-1Two daily newspaper editors are to leave their roles next month in a management shake-up at their respective titles.

Newsquest has announced that Graeme Smith, editor of Glasgow-based daily The Herald, and Graham Shields, who edits sister title the Evening Times, will leave the company on 22 December.

Graeme, who became Herald editor a year ago this month, has 17 years’ service at the paper, while Graham, who took the chair at the Evening Times in April 2016, has completed 19 years with the company.

Donald Martin, who returned to Newsquest last November as editor-in-chief of the two titles, will now take over responsibility for editing both titles.

Donald, pictured, will also be appointing new deputy editors for both The Herald and the Evening Times as part of the forthcoming changes.

The deputy editor of The Herald will also be editor of companion website while the deputy editor of the Times will have day-to-day operational responsibility for that title.

Praising the two outgoing editors, he said: “Both have been excellent ambassadors for their respective titles, and they leave behind a solid platform for a new executive team to build on.

“We have a superb team and I look forward to working closely with them as we rise to the challenges of delivering compelling, unique content for our audiences.”

The changes were announced to staff yesterday by Graham Morrison, managing director of Newsquest Scotland.

He said Donald would oversee “a restructuring of the editorial teams to help align the business to the increasing demands of its growing multi-media audience.”

Graeme, who began his career as a trainee at the Derby Evening Telegraph in 1989, became the 27th editor in The Herald’s 233-year history after succeeding Magnus Llewellin last year.

Meanwhile Graham took on the Evening Times role after a turbulent period which saw two previous editors, Rob Bruce and Tony Carlin, depart within the space of seven months.

Donald’s new role is the latest in a long career which has taken in most of the leading Scottish titles, including a previous stint as Evening Times editor and Herald editor-in-chief.

He has also previously edited the North West Evening Mail, the Aberdeen Evening Express and the Sunday Post.


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  • November 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Restructure the new euphemism for ‘leaving because Newsquest’s insane management ordered them to make £1m in editorial cuts’, presumably?

    Losing Shields and the hugely respected Smith – whose appointment was dragged out for so long last year – in the first place, in such short order, is bad enough. That Martin will be more hands on makes it even worse.

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  • November 9, 2017 at 10:41 am

    So.. replacing two respected editors with two deputy editors doing the same job on less money.
    The person who sounds redundant in this equation is actually the editor-in-chief but it must be cheaper to keep him than the men actually doing the job.
    Why not just make the accountant editor-in-chief and be done with it?

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  • November 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Newsquest manager speak: “a restructuring of the editorial teams to help align the business to the increasing demands of its growing multi-media audience.”

    English translation: “a lot of redundancies in editorial”

    Conclusion: Happy Christmas from Scroogequest.

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  • November 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Out with the real editors, in with the cheaper option of easy to manage yes men, that’s a situation many of us in the industry are very familiar with ( I know I am)
    …. though I’m sure it’s not the case here

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  • November 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I’m confused by all the Grahams. What are the affected Grahams going to do?

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