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Editor axed amid redundancies at daily and Sunday titles

Brendan McGintyAn editor has left his role after a round of redundancies at a daily newspaper and its Sunday sister title.

Brendan McGinty, editor of the Glasgow-based Sunday Mail, has left after “a number” of redundancies were made at the title and the Daily Record, publisher Reach plc company has confirmed.

Brendan, pictured, had been in charge at the Mail since 2016 after his predecessor Jim Wilson took voluntary redundancy.

He will be replaced by Lorna Hughes, who becomes the first female editor of the Mail and the first female editor of any Scottish national title for nearly 20 years.

HTFP has asked Reach for clarification on how many redundancies have been made at the two titles, but it is understood sports journalist and columnist Gordon Waddell is also among those to have left the company.

A spokeswoman for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail said: “A number of redundancies were made last week at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

“We want to thank those members of staff for their work and wish them the very best for the future.”

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  • February 27, 2020 at 10:24 am
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    Made redundant but immediately replaced

    It’s an unsettling time for any editor in the regionals these days and I’m surprised publishing groups still run with editors when it’s the content heads deciding on the output and staffing levels and directing the news agenda , or perhaps that’s only where I am

    Good wishes to Brendan and the unspecified number of others made redundant in this latest cull by Reach

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  • February 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm
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    Yet more needless cuts and editorial vandalism by Reach’s management, who continue to treat the Scottish arm of the company as an afterthought for investment and a first target for cuts. The loss of Waddell, McGinty and co robs the papers of senior experience and a wealth of contacts at a time when they’re already a pale shadow of their glory days. NQ and Reach seem to be in a race to see who can wreck their Scottish titles quicker.

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  • February 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm
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    Of course, the new incumbent will be on the same salary as the outgoing one ,won’t they???

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  • February 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm
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    Why have Content Editors when newspapers have proper hands-on Editors who should do what they do/? It is just a cheaper option to get rid of a true Editor?? Who is responsible for the legalities?

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