It has taken a journey of 12-years but today Gill Smith has been named as the new Editor of The Scottish Sun.
The Edinburgh Napier University graduate takes over from Alan Muir who earlier announced he was departing the role after a “rollercoaster” of more than three decades.
An award-winning journalist, Gill has been Deputy Editor since 2016.
Previously she was also Head of Content, Assistant Editor, Head of News and Features Editor. During a five year spell with the News of the World, she was also seconded to work at the New York Post in the aftermath of 9/11.
Before joining The Sun team she worked for a number of nationals, including the Daily Record and as News Editor for the Sunday Mirror (Scotland).
In an announcement revealing her promotion, she said: “I am beyond thrilled to have been appointed Editor of The Scottish Sun and feel very privileged to become the first female editor.
“There are exciting times ahead as we look to build a newsroom for the future and I can’t wait to lead our brilliant team in the next chapter of the Scottish Sun.”
The Sun’s Editor-in-Chief Victoria Newton said: “Gill has over 12 years’ experience at The Scottish Sun, the last four as Deputy Editor.
“There is nobody with a better understanding of the title – or of its passionate readers.
“I’m delighted to promote Gill to the role on International Women’s Day and I know she inherits a hugely talented team.
“My thanks also go to Alan for his long years of service.”