Editor quits Herald & Times

Llewellin leaves Herald for Times post

Magnus LlewellinMagnus Llewellin, group editor of The Herald and Times group, is replacing Les Snowdon as Scottish Editor of The Times.

Llewellin was promoted from deputy editor to editor of The Herald in October 2012 and leaves what he described at the time as “the best job in Scottish journalism”.

Last October he was appointed editor-in-chief of Newsquest’s titles in Glasgow – adding responsibility for the Evening Times, Sunday Herald and the SNP-supporting The National – after the editors of the three titles resigned a month earlier.

Lewellin, who lives in Edinburgh, now switches from a strategic group role to running an edition of The Times which has managed to buck the industry trend and grow its circulation north and south of the border.

Political editor Lindsay McIntosh will be his deputy.

Llewellin began his career on the Ellesmere Port Pioneer in Cheshire and moved to the Chester Chronicle before heading to Scotland as deputy news editor at the Edinburgh Evening News in 1990. He became assistant news editor at the Daily Record and then news editor at The Scotsman before joining the short-lived business newspaper Business AM. He moved to The Herald as news editor in 2002.

Official industry figures for March show The Times sold 420,570 across the UK, up 7.75% year on year, although this included more than 56,000 sold at less than full price. The Scottish edition’s average daily sale of about 24,000 is broadly similar to The Scotsman.

The Herald’s audited circulation as at August 2015 was 34,379, down by 8.9% on the previous year.

Snowdon succeeded Angus Macleod who died, aged 63, in October 2014 after a short illness.

Snowdon, a former editor of Scotland on Sunday, is joining The Sun as assistant editor in London after just a year at The Times.

He will team up with Gordon Smart who moves from editor of The Scottish Sun to become deputy editor of the title in London.

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