Charles McGhee resigns as Herald editor

BREAKING news (11.20am): The editor of The Herald newspaper has resigned.

CHARLES McGhee became Herald editor in January two years ago, and is leaving after ten years at the Herald group of newspapers, having edited sister title, the Evening Times, for six years and been consultant editor for the launch of the Sunday Herald between 1998 and 1999.

These last few years at the group have seen various waves of voluntary redundancy take place, as its publishers, Newsquest, seek to cut costs, against a backdrop of falling circulations.

In a statement, McGhee, a former president of the UK Society of Editors and member of Britain’s press watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission, said: “It has been a tremendous challenge to have worked on all three titles in the group, helping to launch one and editing the two others. In particular, it has been a privilege to edit The Herald, now celebrating its 225th year as Scotland’s leading quality daily newspaper, and to work with some of the country’s finest journalists during a period of great transformational change in print and online publishing.

“I remain passionate and optimistic about the role of newspapers in the multi-media age and I would now like to apply the experience I have gained over 30 years to some of the broader challenges within the media sector, both nationally and internationally. Until then, however, my primary focus and commitment remains with The Herald and its readers.”