CHANGE is in the wind at Scotland's best selling daily newspaper the Scottish Sun with a reshuffle to its desk teams due to be announced.
News Editor Alan Muir is being promoted to a more senior position of Associate Editor on the back-bench with Features Editor Gill Smith said to be assuming his role on the news desk, sparking a series of changes among the reporting staff.
Georgina Reid is understood to be assuming the Features Editor post, joined by reporter Douglas Walker in a hybrid features investigations role. Irina Nelson becomes crime reporter, with Kenny Angrove also getting a staff job with the paper.
Leaving will be Gail Cameron, understood to be taking the news editor's berth at the Greenock Telegraph.
The rejig comes as the Scottish Sun commands a circulation lead nudging a little more than 39,000 over its former best selling rival the Daily Record which has, however, managed to reduce the gap for four successive months.
The Daily Record itself is also still to announce if there will be any stand alone successor to Head of Live Content Andy Lines who departed last month for a PR role on London.
Both titles now also face further challenges as the Scottish Daily Express and Scottish Daily Mail stables slash their cover prices, however all four are contenders to pick up circulation from the Scottish Daily Mirror which is being axed completely.
In London, the Sun is also expected to follow The Times behind a pay wall, although any plan for Scotland is yet to be publicly announced. News International in Scotland recently announced a reduction of top tier staff in circulation and advertising and dramatically cut staffing levels at the Sunday Times Scotland.