Media Movers: Lorne Gardner, Tam Cowan, etc

WELCOME to Media Movers, reporting the latest moves within the Scottish media, including promotions and retirements.

AND, firstly, congratulations to Lorne Gardner, promoted to sports editor at The Scottish Daily Mail, having previously been deputy.

He succeeds Doug McRobb, who retired in December, after 18 years in the post.

The new deputy sports editor is now Steven Donn, former assistant sports editor. Congratulations too to Alan Hendry, appointed sports production editor from the role of chief sub-editor.

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THE well-known columnist on the Daily Record, Tam Cowan, is leaving.

Cowan – who also appears as a co-presenter on the BBC Radio Scotland football show, Off the Ball – writes a column for the paper on a Wednesday.

He also does a sports column and a restaurant review and has been with the paper for several years.

It’s not known when exactly he’s leaving and it’s being speculated he might end up at rival, The Scottish Sun.

A spokesperson at the Daily Record publishers, Media Scotland, said: “We wish Tam well.”

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THE news editor at The Scotsman has left, to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker.

Chris Marks – whose recent documentary, My Brother the Ark Raider, was featured on – has been news editor at the newspaper for three years.

He has taken advantage of a voluntary redundancy scheme offered by the paper’s publishers towards the end of last year.

He joined The Scotsman ten years ago as deputy foreign editor. He has since been foreign editor, assistant news editor and then deputy news editor.

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MIKE Pinkterton has been appointed media manager at The City of Edinburgh Council.

He is an internal appointment, having previously been media officer. He has been with the council for the last six years.

Prior to that, he was four years with Edinburgh Leisure, looking after media and internal comms, and two years with Dunfermline Athletic FC, initially as marketing officer and then also press officer.

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BACK to the Scottish Daily Mail and it has appointed Emma Cowing, as features editor.

She was a senior writer at Scotland on Sunday and a columnist on The Scotsman. She is also a former features editor of The Scotsman and completed an Ochberg Fellowship at Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

She was at The Scotsman/SoS for 13 years and, before that, worked at The Sunday Times Scotland, as a feature writer.

She is one of several journalists at The Scotsman Publications Ltd who took advantage of voluntary redundancy packages that were made available towards the end of last year.

It is a new post at the Scottish Daily Mail that she has been appointed to.

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AS already reported on, there are several promotions at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

Kenny Farquharson has been named deputy editor of both The Scotsman and SoS, having previously been deputy editor of the latter.

Also across both titles: Alison Gray (assistant editor), Gillian Harris (news editor), Roger Cox (arts editor), Tom Peterkin (political editor) and Kayt Turner (picture editor).

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