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Editor quits daily after 10 years in charge to join independent publisher

Brian HossackA regional daily editor is leaving his role after a decade to take up a senior role with an independent publisher.

Brian Hossack has announced his departure from the Greenock Telegraph, which he has run for the past 10 years.

Brian, pictured, will leave the Newsquest-owned daily to join Wyvex Media as its head of online content.

Titles published by Wyvex include the Argyllshire Advertiser, Arran Banner, Campbeltown Courier and Oban Times, as well as Scottish Field and Fish Farmer magazine.

At the company, Brian will team up once again with group operations director Keith Mcintyre, who was publishing director at Romanes Media Group when it was taken over by Newsquest in 2015.

Announcing his move on LinkedIn, Brian wrote: “After ten years, almost 3,200 Teles and over 200 editions of the Largs and Millport News, it is time for a new challenge.

“I’ve had an amazing time leading one of the most dedicated and committed newsrooms anywhere in this industry.

“I’m fortunate that there have been many more highs than lows and I would like to think as a team we have represented Inverclyde – and more latterly Largs – to the very best of our abilities.

“I’ll be so sad to leave behind colleagues that I consider friends, but I’m really excited about the opportunity presented to me and what comes next in my career as I take up the role of head of online content with Wyvex Media.”

Brian began his career in 2000 as a news reporter on the Ayr Advertiser series, later serving as its news editor from 2004 to 2007.

He then joined the Telegraph as a senior reporter and became editor in 2013.  He will take up his new role after Easter.

Wyvex managing director Alister Bennett said: “We are delighted that Brian is joining us as we continue to transform our business

“As a former Newsquest Editor of the Year, Brian’s record speaks for itself. He understands local news and what it means for our communities.

“His skills, enthusiasm and work ethic have seen him provide outstanding content across all platforms for the communities in which he operates and we are excited to work with him.”

He added: “Our aim is to consolidate and strengthen our position as the major provider of digital content on the West Coast of Scotland and to grow the online presence of our magazines, including our flagship title Scottish Field.

“We are investing heavily in both systems and people to ensure we achieve that goal.”

A Newsquest spokesman said: “Brian has been a great editor at the Greenock Telegraph for the past 10 years.

“We’re sorry to see him go but we wish him all the best in his new role.

“An announcement will be made about his successor in the near future.”