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Regional publisher unveils three new editors in restructure

Laura WebsterNew editors have been unveiled at two daily newspapers and a Sunday sister title as part of a restructure.

Newsquest has announced Stacey Mullen is taking over as editor of the Glasgow Times, while Laura Webster, pictured, will edit pro-Scottish independence daily The National.

The print editions of both titles will be produced by a new combined production team headed by Stewart Ward, who takes the new role of managing editor and will also edit the Sunday National.

Both the Times and The National were previously edited by Callum Baird, editor-in-chief of Newsquest Scotland, while the Sunday National was run by Roxanne Sorooshian before she left in October to take a full-time lecturing post at City of Glasgow College.

Stacey, Laura and Stewart will all report to Callum in their new roles.

Stacey, who has most recently served as assistant editor of the Times, said: “I am a proud Glaswegian and it is a huge honour for me to be editor of the Glasgow Times.

“This is a newspaper I have adored reading since I was a little girl and now I am leading its future coverage of the city on our growing digital platforms.

“With the support of my amazing team, I want our title to be the number one choice for news in Glasgow and I promise to continue being a voice for the communities we serve.”

Laura, who was previously news and features editor at The National, said: “Since joining The National in 2018, it’s been non-stop. There’ve been four prime ministers and four elections, and general political chaos to underline everything.

“We’ll continue showcasing the very best news, features and analysis our journalists have to offer, tell the stories about Scotland which need to be heard and develop our digital media output further.”

Stewart added: “Callum Baird, Roxanne Sorooshian, [former editor] Richard Walker and the Sunday National’s top team have established such a strong identity for this title since it took up the torch from the Sunday Herald.

“We lead our nation’s political conversation on a Sunday – with a fantastic offering on culture, history and the environment to boot.

“In my years at The National, I’ve been inspired by the energy of the grassroots independence movement – it’s that same dedication and drive I hope to bring to this post, which I’m delighted to be taking up.”

Callum announced the changes in a message to staff  on Wednesday afternoon.

He said: “Stacey has done a brilliant job in driving the traffic of the Times in the last few months. She’s shown great leadership to build a new team of exceptional digital journalists and deliver huge audience growth in a very short time, achieving our targets with a strong focus on good local Glasgow stories.

“Laura has led [The National]’s content strategy this year as news and features editor, and has been a major factor in our growth in digital subscriptions, and engagement across all platforms, since joining us in 2018.

“I’ve been doing this role for more than seven years now – I wouldn’t be passing this on if I didn’t think it was in very safe hands, and I’m excited to see where she takes the title next.

“Stewart has done an excellent job overseeing the Sunday National since the departure of Roxanne, and as part of his expanded new role, he will also edit that title going forward.”