Penman leaves Herald to move into PR

Stephen Penman, the former sports editor of the Sunday Herald, is leaving the Glasgow newspaper to move into PR.

Penman, who was promoted to deputy editor at the Sunday Herald two years ago, is the latest departure from the Newsquest-owned group, where 40 jobs were axed last year in its latest redundancy round.

“I’m off to be head of communications and marketing for North Lanarkshire Council,” Penman told “Which is a long winded way of saying I’m going to be a spin doctor. But not in the manner of Damian McBride.”

Sport may again be within Penman’s brief: in 2011, Lanarkshire is staging the International Children’s Games multi-sport festival.

Newsquest this week announced its decision to merge the websites and into one new site: PaidContent describes the move as “something of a no-brainer”, as many other news organisations have already integrated their daily, Sunday and website operations over the past few years.

Making the announcement, Donald Martin, who was appointed editor-in-chief of both newspapers and the Glasgow Evening Times in December, also referred to Rupert Murdoch’s assertion that newspapers should charge for content – although did not say that would be doing this.

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