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Editor goes head-to-head against old employer with new launch

Euan McGrory 2022A former regional daily editor is set to go head-to-head with his old newspaper after launching a new rival title with two other journalists.

Euan McGrory has announced the launch of the Edinburgh Inquirer, a digtial newsletter covering “business, politics, the environment, city life, culture and food” in Scotland’s capital city.

Euan, pictured, edited the Edinburgh Evening News from 2017 until 2022 and also had overall print responsibility for its Scottish sister titles, including The Scotsman, between March 2020 and August 2021.

More recently, he served as editor-in-chief of publisher National World’s City World Newspapers division before leaving the company at the start of this year.

Former EEN news editor David Forsyth and Kenny Kemp, who has edited Scottish Business Insider and Business Quarter Scotland, have joined Euan in launching the Inquirer, citing independent city titles such as the Manchester Mill as their inspiration.

The title will be published as a free weekly round-up newsletter every Monday morning, although “full members” can sign up for £8 a month or £80 a year to receive at least eight exclusive editions a month.

Paying subscribers will also get access to a members-only curated forum to debate issues online and invitations to the Inquirer’s live events, such as ‘meet the editors’ sessions.

The Inquirer is also seeking founding members who will support the venture with a £240 contribution.

Said Euan: “We need serious, well-researched journalism and local reportage now more than ever before.

“There are too many important national and local issues which are under-reported and we feel the time is right to refocus on things which matter in our brilliant city.”

David added: “Our aim is to cover Edinburgh affairs in a refreshingly different way, looking in-depth at the issues that are both exciting and perplexing the citizens in Edinburgh and its environs.”

And Kenny, who was founding business editor of Glasgow’s Sunday Herald, said: “We feel that the subscription offer is pitched at a reasonable rate for the time it takes to produce and deliver quality local journalism.

“The money we bring in will help us enhance our reporting coverage – and ultimately our aim is to find new journalistic talent curious about how the city works.”