Scotland on Sunday has hired Tom Little, special adviser to
Scotland's First Minister Jack McConnell, to become deputy editor.
He joins the broadsheet, which is owned by The Scotsman group, next
Little worked on The Scotsman, rising to assistant editor, before moving
into PR a year ago.
He will replace Iain Martin, who left this month to edit The Scotsman,
following the departure of former Daily Mail showbiz editor Rebecca
SoS is to concentrate on news and business under its new editor John
McLellan, who has overseen the title since editor Margot Wilson went on
maternity leave last week.
McLellan said SoS has become 'too much like a magazine' in feel.
'My priorities are news and business. There will be more pages on news
and more news stories per page. Disclosure, revelation and authority
apply to every aspect of our operation,' he added.
The paper's former masthead, which was changed as part of a redesign
last year, is to be restored.
While the changes do not directly contradict Wilson's stated vision for
the development of the seven-section paper (PRWeek, 16 November 2001),
it is a clear statement by McLellan that he is keen to stamp his
'I have full authority to make what changes I deem necessary. Margot
told me that as much as anybody,' he added.
McLellan, who has been editor of the Edinburgh Evening News for a
decade, has ceded responsibility for his own paper to his deputy, Ian
SoS has also appointed Chris Deerin as executive editor. The former
political editor of Business am, news editor of Sunday Times Scotland
and political editor of the Daily Record will run the commentary, focus
and opinion sections. SoS news editor is Peter Laing, who formerly
worked for the Edinburgh Evening News.