Broadcaster poaches Daily Record’s digital guru Iain Hepburn as STVLocal web editor

THE Daily
Record’s digital editor Iain Hepburn has been poached to become Editor of

Winner of the
first Multi Media Journalist of the Year gong at the 2009 Scottish Press
Awards, he joined the Record in 2008 having been part of the Daily Mirror’s
digital team since 2006.

The move – in November – comes
just weeks after he helped steer to its best ever-monthly

His career began
with the Press & Journal in 1996 where he joined its first indenture scheme
straight from school, followed by a move to film and TV mag SFX as online
editor in 2000.

After a spell
with wire service Netimperative, he joined the Manchester Evening News as a
senior online journalist in 2002 before leaving to tour America and write a

He also likes Dr
Who. A Lot.

He actually
handed in his notice last month, but unusually for the Scottish media,
persuaded folk to keep the news under wraps for the official announcement.

His role will see
him work with former Herald and Times digital chief David Milne, who was recently
unveiled as Executive Editor.

It also raises
questions as to what now for the Daily Record which has to find his
replacement, while still to fill the Head of Live Content role vacated by
former news chief Andy Lines.

Iain said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be involved in one of the most exciting digital projects in Scotland. Naturally I'm sad to leave the Record, and value the time I've had there, however I'm very much looking forward to being part of STV Local which will reach out to communities across the whole of Scotland.”

Further details
on the roll out for STVLocal are expected to be unveiled at the start of next
week, along with forthcoming news about further innovations and partnerships
thought to be related to internet based TV.

STVLocal has
already confirmed that North Lanarkshire will be its pilot having signed up the
likes of Jamie Borthwick (Motherwell & Wishaw), Nicola Dowds (Bellshill)
& Kenny McKay (Coatbridge & Airdrie) for its community editor roles.

Most recently
they have advertised a vacancy for an multi-media journalist based in Edinburgh,
working for both news and local platforms.

They are also
expected to unveil a new partnership for local advertising to maximise the
benefits from its new online footprint.

Alistair Brown, Head of Digital at STV, said: “Iain’s digital and editorial background is a great fit for the growing STV Local team. He will bring valuable experience and skills to this major initiative and I look forward to welcoming him on board.”

Best of luck to Iain and all the STVLocal team. 

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