MEDIA: The Herald presses ahead with features

The Herald, Glasgow's 100,000-selling daily paper is placing more

emphasis on features with the introduction of a fresh section and extra

pages.



Cate Devine, who has edited The Herald's Saturday Magazine since its

launch in October 1997, takes over as the main paper's features editor

at the end of April. Incumbent Drew Allan is leaving, although his plans

are undisclosed.



The move is part of editor Mark Douglas-Home's aim to put his stamp on

The Herald after taking over last October. 'We have a big and strong

news team but we will be providing more of a features heart to the

paper,' he said.



The as yet unnamed section in the main paper will be overseen by Fiona

Russell, formerly at The Daily Record. 'It will be in the features

arena,' Douglas-Home confirmed.



Kathleen Morgan, currently at sister title The Sunday Herald as editor

of its own magazine, has been poached to take Devine's place - much to

the irritation of Sunday Herald editor Andrew Jaspan. 'I didn't find it

hugely helpful. She has an approach I have approved of and encouraged,'

he said.



Deputy magazine editor Jane Wright is in the frame for Morgan's job,

although it has also been advertised externally. Morgan moves across at

the end of May.



The move suggests Douglas-Home is keen to change the direction of the

Saturday Magazine to reach a younger audience, Jaspan said. The Sunday

magazine has a readership which is predominantly aged under 45.



The Saturday magazine, which has a higher circulation, is a full-colour

A3 tabloid supplement, containing a mixture of local and national news

features and lifestyle content such as fashion, beauty, gardening and

interiors.



The Sunday magazine is an A4 glossy. Both magazines may be reviewed

under their latest editors. The Sunday Herald launched two years ago.



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