Friday 20 February 2009

Gilson leaves Scotsman sparking speculation of shake-up at Johnston Edinburgh titles

Scotsman editor Mike Gilson has left the editorship of The Scotsman with immediate effect, allmediascotland reports today.
Gilson's surprise departure, along with the imminent move of Scotland on Sunday editor Les Snowdon to the Daily Mail, has led to claims that The Scotsman, SoS and Edinburgh Evening News will be brought toether under a single production scheme.
The Herald is speculating that the three titles will come under the leadership of a single editor-in-chief and says: “It is understood Mr Gilson, who has been an editor of Johnston Press titles for more than 12 years, was unhappy with...restructure plans which are thought to include appointing one editor-in-chief. It is believed Edinburgh Evening News editor, John McLellan, is the leading contender.”
Gilson succeeded John McGurk as editor of The Scotsman three years ago and joined from another Johnston Press title, The News, Portsmouth.
Johnston Press said in statement that Gilson has "relinquished his position" and "further announcements will be made in due course. The company has no other comment to make at this time."
Update: As predicted by the Herald, John McLellan has been appointed to succeed Mike Gilson from Monday.

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