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A former Daily Record journalist has been quarantined in China after being caught up in the centre of the SARS virus scare.Peter Brennan, who works for the English language newspaper China Daily, lives in Beijing. Special editions of the Bristol

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Vijay Vaghela is appointed group finance director for Trinity Mirror Plc with immediate effect, succeeding Margaret Ewing, who left the group at the end of June 2002 to join BAA. Vijay, (36), has been acting finance director since July 1.National

New deputy editor named at Scottish title

Richard Neville has been appointed as the new deputy editor of the Aberdeen Press and Journal. The former editor of Business-am, which ceased publication last year, he succeeds Kay Drummond, who is now deputy editor of the Leicester Mercury. Richard

Regional journalist publishes first novel

Daily Record chief reporter Anna Smith has published her first novel. Spit Against the Wind is about the school holidays of four children from a small poverty-stricken Catholic community in the west of Scotland. Anna, (46), began her journalism career

Big man from the Record is at it again…

Glasgow Daily Record reporter Bob Shields got in touch with his feminine side when he spent the day dressed as a woman. There was a good reason though – he was volunteering to star in a commercial for Tennent’s Lager

A Sun-ny Christmas?

The Institute of Public Relations in Scotland has created a spoof Sun front page to plug their up-and-coming Christmas event. Matt Bendoris and John Kirkby, from the paper’s Scottish team, are giving PR execs an insight into what makes a

Illness brings out the strength in George

Features editor George Frew is facing up to life with inoperable lung cancer. Instead of buckling under the news, George, of the Western Daily Press, has grown in stature in spite of the incredible blow. Despite starting chemotherapy treatment, he

New regional editor is named by Trinity Mirror

A series of key editorial and training appointments – including a new editor for a Sunday regional – has been announced by Trinity Mirror. At Trinity Mirror Regionals’ Cardiff centre, Tim Gordon (right) has been promoted to editor of Wales

Reporter exposes airline security loophole

A Daily Record reporter has exposed a worrying loophole in security at two of Britain’s biggest airlines. Journalist James Moncur was able to board two internal UK flights using a fake name and ID without being challenged and even made

Sports journalist dies aged 54

Sports journalist Jim Blair has died. He was 54. He had worked for the Evening Times in Glasgow and the Daily Record, starting out as a copy boy for the Evening Times. During his time at the paper he moved

Best of both worlds

Journalist Jennifer Veitch is finding she has the best of both worlds in her latest role as associate editor of the Edinburgh Evening News. At just 28 years old, Jennifer has moved around the industry more than many journalists twice

Copy boy-turned-photographer is mourned

A copy boy who was spotted for his photographic talent is being mourned around the Scottish press. Iain Dallas, who worked for the East Kilbride News, had died at the age of 62, his death leaving his many friends and

Paul and Linda to marry – exclusive!

A week of sadness for Beatles fans improved a little with the news that Aberdeen’s Gary Bakewell – who plays Paul McCartney in the movie Backbeat and TV film The Linda McCartney Story – has fallen in love with the

Davidson leaves Northcliffe

Alec Davidson has resigned as managing director of Northcliffe Newspapers with immediate effect. He has been replaced by Kevin Beatty, from Associated Newspapers. He has a strong background in the provincial press and has been heading up Associated’s new media

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Our weekly news round-up… A website that provides support and advice for bullied children has been commended in the Online Communities section at the New Statesman/BT New Media Awards 2001.Bullying Online, which is also a charity, is run by Yorkshire