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Belfast Telegraph appoints former Scotsman chief Mike Gilson as new editor

The Belfast Telegraph has appointed a new editor - former Scotsman editor Mike Gilson.

Mr Gilson, who takes over from Martin Lindsay, will take up his appointment next week.

Mr Lindsay retired last week after 47 years with the paper, the last four of which he spent as editor

Mr Gilson was recently editor of The Scotsman, in Edinburgh, and previously edited The News in Portsmouth and the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

He has also held senior management positions at The Western Mail, Cardiff and the Hull Daily Mail.

Mr Gilson, 46, has won awards for circulation growth, for community reporting and for editorial campaigns. Under his editorship The News, Portsmouth was named as the Newspaper Society's Campaigning Newspaper of the Year and last year The Scotsman dominated the Scottish Press Awards picking up six awards including Campaign, Scoop and Journalist of the Year prizes.

He has been a member of the Press Complaints Commission's Code Committee since 2004 and has held other senior advisory positions within newspaper groups.

"I am absolutely delighted to be taking the helm of such a prestigious newspaper as the Belfast Telegraph at such a significant time in the history of Northern Ireland," said Mr Gilson

"I hope to continue the finest traditions of the newspaper and maintain the high standards laid down by Martin Lindsay. Under my editorship we will continue to campaign and investigate without fear or favour but we will also give our total support to good works and deeds that improve the lives of our readers."

INM (NI) Chief Executive, Michael Brophy added: “We welcome Mike to the newspaper with great enthusiasm. With his experience and track record he will make a major contribution to the future of the Belfast Telegraph”.

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