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MD and editor-in-chief bows out after 24 years at regional publisher

Allan RennieA managing director and editor-in-chief is to leave in a restructure – weeks after a daily newspaper editor who reported to him also left the business.

Trinity Mirror has announced Media Scotland MD Allan Rennie will leave the company after 24 years of service, during which time he also edited both the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

Allan’s successor at the Glasgow-based Record, Murray Foote, left the company earlier this month to be replaced by Media Scotland digital director David Dick.

Allan’s role will not be replaced and David will now have full control of TM’s Scottish national titles and websites.

Other non-editorial areas of which Allan presided, such as finance and circulation, will now report directly into Trinity Mirror’s group finance and circulation departments.

He is the second senior editorial leader to leave Trinity Mirror in recent days following the announcement of Chris Styles’ departure as editor of the Teesside Gazette.

Allan, pictured, said: “I am so proud to have worked with so many talented people in Scotland and across the Group over the last 24 years.

“I loved my time at Media Scotland, overseeing the best national and local titles in the land and the launch of exciting new sites such as Glasgow Live.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues at Trinity Mirror for their support – and wish them all the best for the future.”

Trinity Mirror chief executive Simon Fox added: “Allan has had a distinguished career at Trinity Mirror over the past 24 years. He edited the Daily Record and Sunday Mail and served as editorial director for our national titles.

“I am enormously grateful to Allan for his leadership of the business and wish him every future success.”

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  • March 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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    Jazzie. It never does and HTFP presumably does not ask? What’s the big secret boys and girls?

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  • March 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm
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    Thinking on, all this stuff newspapers preach about freedom of expression etc. Not when it comes to saying why people leave. I guess it is because they love the job so much they have to quit. Er….

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  • March 25, 2018 at 11:22 am
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    Quite simply, I believe it’s because those axed can’t say anything, as if they do, they don’t get their payout. TM, or Reach, or whatever they’re going to call themselves next week, won’t give the real reason as they don’t want to give the impression that the whole edifice is falling off a cliff. Which it is.

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  • March 26, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    Rennie shoved out as part of a restructure of Scotland that basically cuts the legs off from it – no senior management at editorial level (Murray Foote having already quit the Record over the latest round of job cuts). Not likely to be anyone shedding any tears over Rennie’s departure, but it does underline the contempt TM shows for its Scottish operations these days.

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