MEDIA: Sunday Herald loses staff to rival papers in Scotland

Sunday Herald, the Glasgow-based broadsheet, is losing key members

of its staff to Scottish rivals.



Home affairs editor Neil Mackay is leaving for The Sunday Times's

Glasgow office on 6 November. He is to join the investigative team of

the paper's Scottish edition.



Mackay has made his mark producing investigative reports for the Herald

since its launch three years ago, when he joined as home affairs

correspondent.



Before that he worked for Scotland on Sunday.



He said: 'I have always been involved in this sort of beat -

investigative stuff. On the Sunday Herald I have had a lot of freedom in

terms of breadth of topics.' Mackay has covered environment, consumer

and political affairs, including award-winning stories on the Lockerbie

air crash investigation.



Mackay said he hoped to work 'cross-desk' with Sunday Times offices in

London and Belfast in his new role.



In a separate move, Richard Bath, deputy sports editor, left the Herald

last week to join Scotland on Sunday as sports editor. He had been in a

production-based role at the Herald.



Bath replaces Paul Greaves next week. Greaves has been hired by

Littlewoods to edit its unnamed sports magazine, due to launch in the

middle of September.



Designed as a vehicle to promote its gaming activities, the title will

be distributed to Littlewoods customers. Depending on take-up, it may

become a newsstand product, a spokeswoman said.



David Dick remains Sunday Herald sports editor. Meanwhile Anne Burnside

is moving from the Herald's features desk to The Sunday Times's Scottish

edition. She will write for the paper's Ecosse section.



Herald editor Andrew Jaspan admitted he was disappointed by the

departures but said there was fierce competition for journalists among

Scottish papers.



'Everybody is continually after my staff, it is a small talent pool in

Scotland. It is difficult to get people to move up from London, for

example,' he said.



Jaspan hinted at a number of editorial developments on the Herald,

including greater use of colour, when a new press comes on stream in

2002.



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