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Hutcheon fears for print ahead of move to Daily Record

Sunday National and Herald on Sunday - first copies

Herald: documentary exposed problems

One of Scotland’s senior journalists signed off from the Herald & Times newspaper group at the weekend with a column fearing for the future of print journalism, just days before he takes up a new post with the Daily Record.

Politics and investigations editor Paul Hutcheon, who spent 15 years at the now-defunct Sunday Herald and one of its successor titles, the Herald on Sunday, said he “didn’t know whether to laugh or cry” after watching the BBC’s fly-on-the-wall documentary about The Herald and its stablemate titles shown over the last two weeks.

He noted that although the public has a larger appetite than ever for news, “these same individuals are increasingly unwilling to pay for it” and that “unless solutions are found, the print media will go the same way as coal mining.”

Hutcheon becomes political editor at the Record, replacing David Clegg who takes over as editor of Dundee-based daily The Courier in the autumn.

PR moves

Edinburgh’s Holyrood PR has recruited two staff from rival agencies. Toni Dowling joins from Indigo PR and Emma Lourie from Muckle Media.

Three of the existing team, Catriona Conway-Mortimer, Cat Quinn and Angie Muzyka have been promoted.

Beattie Communications has made two hires and three senior promotions.

Jamie McKay has been recruited from Threebrand in Edinburgh, while Eleni Mina comes on board from Dimensions Scotland. 

Daniela Young, Caitlin Dow and Emma Tyson are promoted to new roles.

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