Media release: DC Thomson Media appoints David Mac Dougall to senior politics role


DC Thomson Media is pleased to announce that David Mac Dougall will be joining the business to head up a specialist team of political reporters.

As part of the news brands’ ‘Apollo’ transformation programme, DC Thomson Media is moving towards a newsroom built around specialist teams serving specific audiences.

Politics will be a focus for the business over the coming months as we near the Scottish elections.

David joins the business from his role at News Now in Finland. With a wealth of experience, his career has seen him take on roles internationally across all mediums, focusing recently on digital publishing.

Richard Neville, head of News Brands, said: “I’m delighted David is joining us at what is an extremely exciting time for the business. As politics lead David will play a crucial role in leading a team of talented political reporters. Politics has never mattered more and I’m thrilled that David is going to lead our politics
reporting, delivering quality content to our audiences.”

Working across DC Thomson Media’s daily titles, including The Courier and The Press and Journal, David will work with the politics team to cover the most important matters across Holyrood, Westminster and locally across the north and east of Scotland.

David Mac Dougall said: “I’m very much looking forward to returning to Scotland to work with DC Thomson Media and the politics team, at a fascinating time both for Scottish politics and as the business embarks on innovative new ways of bringing journalism to readers and viewers.

“After many years as a foreign correspondent covering campaigning and elections in other countries, it’s exciting to embark on telling those stories now from a different perspective that is at the same time very
new but very familiar. And, as a Fifer, I have to say it’s good to be coming home!”

David’s appointment is part of the Apollo transformation programme currently being undertaken by DC Thomson Media. The programme will see the business transform to be able to better serve communities compelling, relevant content digitally and in print.

A number of internal appointments have also been confirmed recently including Richard Prest being appointed head of Content Development, Alan McCabe head of Product Development and Ross Logan, deputy editor of The Evening Telegraph taking up the role of head of Print in Dundee.


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