Media Movers: Erikka Askeland, Conor Magowan, etc

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

FIRST up and congratulation to senior business writer at The Scotsman, Erikka Askeland, who is joining The Press and Journal newspaper as its new deputy business editor. This evening, she is hosting a farewell drinks party.

Born and raised in Canada, she moved to the UK in 1999, where she soon became deputy editor of the North West, Yorkshire, Midlands edition of Business Insider magazine – based in Manchester.

She then moved to Scotland to be deputy editor of Scottish Business Insider, before joining The Scotsman five years ago.

She begins her now job on the 28th.

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AT PR agency, Weber Shandwick Scotland, meanwhile, associate director, Conor Magowan, has been promoted to director of public affairs.

And, adds the agency, it has “appointed six new consultants to serve its growing Scottish business”, these being Sarah Durno, Jenna Ciancia, Sarah Ward and Cleo Comerford (joining the firm’s public relations team), Niki Birrell (the public affairs team), and Jim Moore (the firm’s design arm).

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AS already reported on, Andrew Harries, the editor of The Scottish Sun, has been named the new editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, to succeed Chris Williams, who is retiring. And taking over the reins at The Scottish Sun is Gordon Smart, the Scots editor of The Sun’s showbiz column, Bizarre.

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AND as also reported on allmediascotland, Paul Hughes – a former news editor at GMTV – is to be editor of two upcoming TV channels, serving Edinburgh and Glasgow. Run by STV, the channels are to involve student input from Edinburgh Napier University and Glasgow Caledonian University.

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FINALLY, at Edinburgh-based PR agency, Holyrood Partnership, some ‘reshuffling of the pack’ is taking place ahead of the departure of award-winning account manger, Laura Berry.

After three years, Laura is returning to her native Liverpool, to take up a role in the office set up in the city by Glasgow PR firm, The BIG Partnership.

During her time at Holyrood, which began as an internship, Laura, 26, was two years ago named the CIPR Scotland Outstanding Young Communicator.

Says Holyrood Partnership co-founder, Raymond Notarangelo: “Laura has made an enormous contribution to the success of our agency in the past three years and while we are extremely sorry
to see her go, we wish her the very best for the next stage of her

The team will now be led by Melissa Clark, who joined the agency a year
ago, following a 12-month spell as a journalist with sister outfit, the news agency, Deadline News.

She is joined by junior account executives, Heather Peebles and Andrea

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