MEDIA: McConnell PRO joins SoS

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

month.



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

Hardy.



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

mark.



'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

Stewart.



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.



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