By Hamish Mackay
John McGurk is quitting his post as editor of The Scotsman on 23
June for what is believed to be a top editorial management post at
the Telegraph Group.
It is understood that Edinburgh-born McGurk, 53, will replace
Lawrence Sear as managing editor of the Daily Telegraph and
For The Scotsman editorial staff, it means more uncertainty as they
face a ninth new editor in 10 years, and the eighth in five years.
McGurk's recruitment is the third raid of top editorial
executives from Scotsman Publications by Telegraph Group owners
Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay since they sold Scotsman
Publications to Johnston Press for £160m.
Former Scotland on Sunday editor Iain Martin, 35, who also edited The
Scotsman for three years, is now an assistant editor at the Sunday
Telegraph. The Scotsman's political editor, Fraser Nelson,
recently moved to the Spectator as associate editor, and has
since become political editor of the weekly.