Chisholm appointed director of Scottish Newspaper Society

A NEWSPAPER consultant whose CV includes the commercial directorship at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspapers, plus the managing directorship of the now no longer Business AM newspaper, has been appointed director of the Scottish Newspaper Society.

Jim Chisholm – who has worked internationally for several years – is succeeding Jim Raeburn, who is retiring.

One of the keynote speakers when the Society of Editors last staged its annual conference in Scotland, two years ago, Chisholm has been living in Lille, France. He will be taking up his new role on the second of next month.

The Scottish Newspaper Society is the representative body for publishers of Scottish national, regional and local newspapers and the Scottish editions of selected UK national newspapers.

In a SNS statement, president, Tim Blott, is quoted as saying: “I am delighted Jim is joining us as the new Director. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge about our industry and a passion for our profession which we hope he will use to lobby and market our aims in a highly-competitive and rapidly-changing media landscape.

The managing director of the Herald & Times Group added: “I would also like to pay tribute to retiring director, Jim Raeburn, who provided such excellent service and sage advice to the Society and its members over many years.”

Chisholm’s website states he has produced, these last ten years, “over 30 different studies covering the key strategic issues facing the media industry world-wide… presented in over 40 countries, and translated into eleven languages”.

The statement quotes Chisholm, as saying: “Having been lucky enough to work with editors and publishers across the world, I retain a particular passion for the Scottish newspaper scene. Its richness and variety, from large national dailies to small but vital community publications, is just one reason why Scots are as enthusiastic newspaper readers as nearly any country on earth. I am looking forward to working with the Society’s members and the wider range of industry stakeholders to enhance the value and influence of newspapers across the Scottish community.”

The post is a part-time one.

Raeburn, meanwhile, will continue to work, also on a part-time basis, as secretary and treasurer of the Press Standards Board of Finance Ltd (PressBoF), the funding body for the Press Complaints Commission.