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
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
’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.