DC Thomson Managing Director Role for Ellis Watson

A former Trinity Mirror and John Menzies senior manager has been appointed been appointed managing director for newspapers at publishers, DC Thomson.

Ellis Watson will oversee DC Thomson’s newspaper business, including The Press and Journal, The Evening Express, The Courier, The Evening Telegraph, The Sunday Post and The Weekly News.

Says DC Thomson: “He will be responsible for developing newspaper operations to create an efficient business model to build on the strength of the newspaper brands and products.

“Ellis will continue the work started by Alan Scott and David Thomson who have been joint managing Directors of the newspaper business. David Thomson is now chief operating officer for DC Thomson and group companies.”

On Friday, allmediascotland.com reported Alan Scott's stepping down as managing director of the publisher's Aberdeen Journal's division, after 27 years with the company. 

Watson started his career on Fleet Street, working as the marketing director at News International. He has been successful in a number of previous roles including managing director at the Mirror Group. Previously, he sat on the main executive board of directors for John Menzies plc, FirstGroup plc and also ran Celador and Simon Cowell’s companies, the Syco group.