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New city news website set to launch this Thursday

Hilary MitchellA regional publisher’s new city news website is set to go live on Thursday.

HTFP reported last week how Reach plc’s digital-only Edinburgh Live website was set to launch with five journalists, and will be edited by BuzzFeed’s former Scotland editor Hilary Mitchell, pictured.

But despite repeated requests, the company declined to provide any further information on when the site would be up and running.

Now its 6 September launch date has been confirmed, along with the names of the journalists involved.

They are digital sports journalist Ross Pilcher, formerly freelance sports reporter for Edinburgh Evening News, trainee digital journalist Claire Galloway, who previously worked for Scottish Field magazine, digital journalist Robert Fairnie, formerly a reporter for Reach Plc weekly the Stirling Observer, and digital journalist Neil Pooran, formerly a reporter for STV News.

The site will be staffed from 7am every day, and daily coverage will start with a live blog of traffic and travel news.

Sport coverage has been described as a “priority” for the team, and a dedicated Facebook page for the subject will run alongside the site.

Said Hilary: “Edinburgh Live will also be covering the courts as well as reporting on crime, but will also showcase the best of Edinburgh; with sections that cover excellent restaurants and bars, cool events, fun things to do and new schemes designed to benefit local people, like the upcoming Serco-sponsored bike hire program.

“Edinburgh Live will be a one-stop shop for everything that’s happening in the capital.

“Sports coverage is a priority, with plans to liveblog [football clubs] Hearts and Hibs matches and also cover local and national rugby, with help from excellent rugby website The Offside Line.”

It follows the launch of similar digital-only sites by Reach forerunner Trinity Mirror in Belfast, Dublin Glasgow and Leeds in recent years.