Matthew Bell reports that parodist Craig Brown remains in good spirits despite the Telegraph cutting his column: “Why shouldn’t they get rid of me?” Brown is quoted as saying. “I’m a freelancer; I have no loyalty to them, they have no loyalty to me.”
The Ayrshire Post and Paisley Daily Express will be the next titles from Trinity Mirror’s Scottish division to be relaunched as standalone websites.
The new sites are part of plans to create individual websites outside of the ic umbrella sites for all of Scottish and Universal Newspapers’ (S&UN) 17 local newspaper titles.
The Hamilton Advertiser was the first title to go it alone in March and recorded 20,000 unique users in its first month of operation.
To run the new sites a new team of digital journalists has been recruited by the newspaper group led by S&UN head of digital Craig Brown and online editor John Hutcheson.
The remaining websites will be phased in over the summer, a press release from the company said.