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DC Thomson Media sets up news brand transformation team

October 9, 2019

DC Thomson Media has appointed two of its editors to a new project team being set up to manage the transformation of the business to extend subscription and reader revenues across multiple platforms.

Alan McCabe, Editor-in-Chief of The Press and Journal, and Richard Prest, Editor of The Sunday Post, will be moving full-time to the project.

DC Thomson Media is one of 15 media companies across Europe chosen to take part in the Google News Initiative funded Table Stakes Europe project. This a programme for local and regional newspaper companies aimed at supporting business transition to improve audience and digital capabilities.

Richard Neville, Head of Newspapers at DC Thomson Media, will oversee the project.

He said: “Table Stakes will give us a real kick-start to the process of creating a more sustainable future for our brands based on the strength and quality of our journalism, and on serving the audience with the content and service they want and expect from their local news brands.

“The fact that we are appointing two of our most senior editors to the project shows how seriously we are taking the challenge of mapping out a long-term future for our brands and newsrooms. We are determined to invest our time and money in getting this right, hence the formation of a full-time team. I expect the team to grow in due course as we spend the next year or two shaping the future of our business for decades to come.”

Current Deputy Editor of The Sunday Post, Jim Wilson, has been appointed Editor and will take over on 28th October. The search for an Editor of The Press and Journal has begun.

Richard Neville said: “The Sunday Post has developed a great reputation for regularly leading the field by breaking some of the biggest stories in Scotland and Jim has been at the heart of that process. He is ideally placed to build on the work Richard has started.

“The opportunity to edit The Press and Journal is one not to be missed. It is the United Kingdom’s biggest selling regional newspaper. It consistently wins awards and maintains an envious record on sales and commercial performance. Only the best and most ambitious senior journalists need apply.”

You can find out more information about Table Stakes Europe here.

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