Former Scotsman editor departs

‘Outstanding’ Gilson leaves Sussex daily

mike-gilsonMike Gilson, a former editor of The Scotsman, has left the Brighton Argus after two years at the helm of the Sussex daily.

Tony Portelli, Newsquest managing director for London and Sussex, said: “Mike Gilson, group editor for Sussex, has left the company.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Mike for his contribution to the company and I hope that you will join me in wishing Mike every success in the future.”

Gilson joined the Argus in December 2014 after five years as editor of the Belfast Evening Telegraph.

It was his fifth editorship of a daily newspaper. Apart form The Scotsman he edited The News in Portsmouth and the Peterborough Telegraph.

His appointment at the Argus was described as a major coup for Newsquest, which hailed his “outstanding pedigree” as a multi award-winning newsman.

Print sales of the Argus are down in line with the market, falling 10.3% to an average of 11,424 copies per day in the first half of 2016.

Daily website traffic grew 6.4% to 54,365 unique browsers per day in the same period.

Media blogger Roy Greenslade told the trade press: “Gilson was almost the only experienced journalist on the staff and, under his leadership, there was no doubt that it had improved. Local politicians and business people were full of praise.”

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