A team of five journalists have been recruited to head up a new city news website which is set to be launched by a regional publisher.
As reported earlier this month, Reach plc will be setting up what is understood to be a digital-only project in the Johnston Press heartland of Edinburgh.
The site already has a Facebook page, entitled ‘Edinburgh Live’, and more details about the project are beginning to emerge – although no official launch date for the site has yet been announced.
The site will be edited by Hilary Mitchell, pictured, who was previously BuzzFeed’s Scotland editor between April 2015 and February this year.
An announcement posted on Edinburgh Live’s Facebook page states: “Edinburgh Live is an exciting new digital title dedicated to providing up-to-the minute coverage of the latest events, sport and news in Edinburgh. It’s your companion to life in Scotland’s capital, bringing you the best the city has to offer, from festivals to food and drink.
“Whether you live in the old town or the new town, you’ll find out everything you need to know about your town.
“We’re a one-stop shop for the best In Edinburgh, and we’re always here to help you decide where to go to spend your hard-earned cash, showcase the best bars and restaurants, help you entertain the kids and let you know about the latest exciting events.”
The announcement says the site will also be a “hub” for coverage of Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian, the city’s two main football clubs, as well as rugby union.
It adds: “Our team of five journalists are always on hand to provide new angles and fresh perspectives, and we want to hear from you. If you have any feedback, tips or suggestions – or simply want to make your opinion heard- please send us a DM and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
“In short, we’re here to start conversations, get you talking and connect you to the people and issues in the city. Join in.”
The initiative follows last year’s launch of Leeds Live, another digital-only project based in a traditional JP heartland.
Reach has declined to provide any further information on when the site will be launched despite repeated requests from HTFP.