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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.

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.’



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