The Scotsman’s acting editor, Rebecca Hardy, has been confirmed in
the top job after weeks of uncertainty during which her predecessor, Tim
Luckhurst, was on sick leave because of stress.
Hardy has been appointed with effect from 1 June. She has yet to name a
deputy, but is known to be in advanced talks with Times home news
assistant editor Andrew Pierce.
Ian Monk, a director at the MacLaurin Group and former Express deputy
editor, whose name has been mentioned in connection with the deputy post
was approached at the time Luckhurst fell ill to help Hardy as
consultant editor, but he was unable to take up the offer because of
client commitments. He is not a candidate for Hardy’s deputy.
Hardy is the first woman to edit the Scotsman. She spent ten years at
the Daily Mail. She was posted to Los Angeles as bureau chief before
returning to London to set up and head the paper’s show business
department. She was then made a senior feature writer and interviewer
before leaving to join the Scotsman.
The Scotsman has seen sales languish recently, but Hardy has overseen a
relaunch which included the creation of a lifestyle and features
section, S2, and sales rose to just over 100,000. Editor-in-chief Andrew
Neil said: ’Rebecca has played a massive part in a relaunch which is
proving attractive to both existing and new readers.’