Herald Group to merge websites

AN amalgamation of The Herald and Sunday Herald websites is expected to take place within the next few weeks, to create a seven-day operation known as heraldscotland.com

Yesterday, staff were informed of the proposal, with the papers’ editor-in-chief, Donald Martin, referring – in at least one of a number of his presentations – to a recent quote from News Corp’s chief executive, Rupert Murdoch (here), that newspapers should charge for online content. However, it’s understood he stopped well short of saying that’s what he has in mind for heraldscotland.com

Meanwhile, from Monday, the newsroom at the papers’ HQ in Glasgow’s Renfield Street will be required to operate a clean desk policy.

In a memo to staff, Martin says: “I’d like to improve the Herald & Times newsroom, environmentally, to make it a safer, cleaner and better place to work, to make us all more efficient and to boost our green credentials.”