One of two deputy editors at The Sunday Post newspaper is to take early retirement.
In a memo sent to staff earlier today by publishers, DC Thomson, it was announced that Colin Grant is to leave in June, after assisting the editor, Donald Martin, to “modernise” the paper.
Grant is deputy editor for The Sunday Post in Glasgow; his counterpart, Alastair Bennett, has similar responsiblity for Dundee, Edinburgh and London.
The memo adds that Grant ”initially joined The Sunday Post in 1978 as a trainee and rose to become deputy sports editor, sports editor and news editor”.
It goes on: “He left the business for a short period, rejoining in 1997 from which time he has made an outstanding contribution to the paper. Among his notable achievements was the establishment of the award-winning CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) campaign, which Colin ran single-handedly for four years from 2001-2005. During that period the paper raised as record £4 million which helped build and run Scotland’s second children’s hospice, Robin House, near Loch Lomond. In addition, he created the highly-successful Scottish Curry Awards, now in their fourth year.”
Within the last 18 months, the editors at The Courier, The Sunday Post, the Evening Telegraph and the Weekly News have all left or announced they are soon leaving; for instance, The Courier's Bull Hutcheon at the end of the month.
Staff meetings scheduled for tomorrow are expected to be brought up-to-date on the latest plans for the business. A fortnight ago, for instance, it was announced DC Thomson's print works at Port Dundas in Glasgow have been earmarked for closure.