Media: Scotsman tasks Lee to edit news

The Scotsman, currently without a news editor, has appointed Dave Lee as deputy news editor with expectations that he will eventually fill the vacant position.

The Scotsman, currently without a news editor, has appointed Dave

Lee as deputy news editor with expectations that he will eventually fill

the vacant position.



Lee replaces Ray Notarangelo, who has joined PR firm Beattie Media as an

account handler.



Lee has moved across from The Scotsman’s stablemate, the Edinburgh

Evening News, where he worked for four and a half years, latterly as

associate editor, news. Before that he was with the Northern Echo.



There has been no full time news editor of The Scotsman since the

beginning of June, when David Jack departed. Sebastian Hamilton, deputy

news editor of sister paper Scotland on Sunday, was seconded to stand in

for two months as The Scotsman relaunched.



Since Hamilton returned to Scotland on Sunday, news editing duties have

been carried out by Notarangelo, along with Scotsman assistant editor

Tom Little. Lee takes immediate responsibility for the 30-strong

newsdesk.



’I am hoping to be confirmed as news editor, but the timescale for this

is flexible,’ said Lee. ’There are enough people working on the

newsdesk,’ he insisted. ’There is no sense of a vacuum.’



The Scotsman has seen a high turnover of staff this year, with a number

of journalists either resigning or being sacked. The paper’s pounds 4

million relaunch, which included a redesign and price slash, is aimed at

competing with ’tartan’ editions of English broadsheets as well as

regional rivals such as Glasgow’s Herald.



Notarangelo also worked as regional news editor, a brief now covered by

Matthew Shelley, formerly at the Bristol Evening Post. In addition to

five daily news pages, The Scotsman produces between one and two

regional pages for which Shelley is responsible. They cover Glasgow and

the West; Edinburgh and Borders; Perthshire and Tayside; the North; and

the Highlands and Islands.



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