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Regional daily’s editor promoted as award-winner steps aside

A regional daily’s editor has been promoted to a new national role in a move that will see a fellow editor at the same publisher step down.

DC Thomson has unveiled Dundee Evening Telegraph Dave Lord as its national editor and will oversee the Sunday Post as part of his job.

As a result, Post editor Jim Wilson will step aside but is set to stay on as contributing editor and “also pursue opportunities outside of DC Thomson”.

David Clegg, editor at the Dundee Courier, will add the Evening Telegraph to his portfolio following Dave’s promotion.

Dave Lord and Jayne Savva

Dave Lord and Jayne Savva

The restructure, which will also see Jayne Savva become group-wide features editor, comes after DC Thomson announced cuts that have put 100 editorial roles and 300 positions overall under threat of redundancy.

Frank O’Donnell, editor of Aberdeen’s Press & Journal and editor in chief of DC Thomson’s daily titles in the city, left the company last month, with Aberdeen Evening Express editor Craig Walker taking over the running of both titles with the title of editor, Aberdeen and the North.

Dave has served in various roles at the company including chief reporter, news editor and deputy editor of the Dundee Courier and – most recently – editor of the Evening Telegraph.

Dave, who will also lead the group’s political coverage in his role, said: “To say I am proud to be taking on this role would be a mammoth understatement.

The Sunday Post is an institution – and a much-loved one at that. I can’t wait to get started – to build upon the brand’s amazing heritage while ensuring it remains at the cutting edge of UK journalism.

“Over the last two years I have been heavily involved in DC Thomson’s digital transformation and have learnt so much. In my many years in various editorial management roles I have built extensive experience and expertise in delivering content that really benefits audiences and that is something I am keen to further develop in this new role.

“It is also an honour to be at the forefront of delivering the very best politics coverage to DC Thomson audiences across all our news brands.

“Our politics reporters already produce an astonishing array of quality content, from podcasts to regular exclusives. I look forward to helping us build on that, to ensure we really deliver the kind of content that not only informs our audiences, but also engages and entertains them in meaningful, relevant and innovative ways.”

Jayne joined the Post as features editor in 2018 and since November 2019 has worked as deputy editor (features).

She said: “It has been a hugely rewarding experience working with The Sunday Post, where features have been integral to building its reputation as one of Scotland’s most trusted and respected newspapers.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue this close relationship, while also getting to know and work with our talented writers, editors, production teams and digital creatives across Scotland.

“Above all, I have a passion for telling stories that matter most to our readers and I am looking forward to developing our digital platforms to discover new and innovative ways we can bring these stories to life.

“It is exciting to see features placed front and centre of the future vision of our news brands. I see this as a valuable opportunity to build a creative and collaborative team, who can work together to produce journalism that will inspire, inform and delight our audiences.”

Tom Miller, DC Thomson’s chief transformation officer, added: “Dave has a deep understanding of his audiences and how to best serve print and digital packages with an intelligent mix of humour, analysis, visualisation and news.

“His appointment puts the Sunday Post in a fantastic place to continue its reporting, investigations and tireless campaigning nationally while also becoming a part of our journey to grow digital subscription revenues.

“Jayne’s work at the Sunday Post, and in particular on the award-winning P.S. Magazine, puts us in a strong position to explore new growth opportunities.

“Jayne will be supported by a team that spans Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee, and be key in leading a creative and inspired team of writers that can push boundaries and delight our readers with features that are challenging, entertaining and set us apart from our competition.

“We are delighted Jim Wilson will remain as contributing editor of The Sunday Post. Under his leadership, the Post’s campaigning journalism has been recognised at UK and Scottish press awards where, most recently, the title was named Sunday Newspaper of the Year in 2022.”