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Publisher unveils four new recruits as 75,000 digital subscriber bid launched

Alex WatsonA regional publisher has unveiled four new recruits and revealed a target of 75,000 digital subscribers.

DC Thomson has announced appointments to a number of senior roles after launching a recruitment drive in January in a bid to give readers “a level and quality of content not seen before” in the industry.

The company has unveiled JPIMedia digital content editor Alex Watson, pictured, as head of comment, while Joe Cawthorn, currently live news editor at JPIMedia dailies the Edinburgh Evening News and The Scotsman, will lead the publisher’s live news team.

Scottish Daily Mail news reporter Annie Butterworth also joins the company alongside Donna MacAllister, who previously worked for DC Thomson’s Aberdeen daily The Press & Journal and has most recently worked as a parliamentary assistant for Scottish Labour Highlands & Islands MSPs Rhoda Grant and David Stewart.

HTFP previously reported that DC Thomson had recruited News Now Finland executive editor David Mac Dougall and Daily Record politics editor Andy Philip to a new political team as part of the project, known as ‘Apollo’.

The new recruits were revealed in a post on LinkedIn by Frank O’Donnell, editor-in-chief at Aberdeen Journals.

He said: “There’s a transformation taking place at DC Thomson and we need skilled digital journalists and newsroom leaders to add to our already talented and ambitious team.”

Discussing the company’s targets, he added: “Our North Star is 75,000 digital subscriptions by 2025.

“How? By a relentless commitment to compelling, quality journalism and an obsession with our audience.

“What will it be like? Fresh, exciting, honest and fun.

“Will we succeed? With the stable and committed ownership of DC Thomson we have the best possible chance.”