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Struggling Scotsman has bad news for veterans

George KerevanGeorge Kerevan, the veteran commentator, has been told his columns will no longer be required by The Scotsman, while his equally venerable former colleague Bill Jamieson will appear less often.

Kerevan, who left the full-time payroll a while ago but has continued to contribute to the paper, has been told he is a victim of the latest round of cuts that aim to trim the already threadbare staff by a further 45 posts.

Some 28 applications are understood to have been forthcoming ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Kerevan, who writes on politics, economics and business, has revealed that he has an alternative career in mind. His name has been put forward in the contest for the SNP nomination for the East Lothian seat, for Westminster.

Jamieson, a former executive editor at the indebted Johnston Press title, has been told his contribution will be scaled back.

Sub-editors are being laid off and it is understood that a further reduction in pagination has been discussed.

The Edinburgh Evening News will be printed overnight and will merge staffing with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday which have had a shared staff since 2009.



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