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DC Thomson shakes up top roles with Donald Martin stepping up to head of publishing post

A raft of high level appointments and staff moves have been announced at publisher DC Thomson including changes to the head of publishing for consumer entertainment and a new editor of the Sunday Post and The Weekly News

Donald Martin will leave his post as editor-in-chief of DC Thomson Newspapers to take up the role of head of publishing for consumer entertainment in October.

Martin, who has also previously led the Herald, Evening Times, Evening Express and The North West Evening Mail, will operate across the company’s magazine division, working with the editorial teams to manage and develop its publications.

Editor of the Evening Telegraph, Richard Prest, has been appointed editor of the Sunday Post and The Weekly News. Prest, who was previously deputy editor of the Evening Express,  will manage the company’s national weekly titles. 

Steven Bell, deputy editor of the Evening Telegraph, has been with the company for almost 20 years and will now undertake his first editorship after being promoted to Editor of the paper.

Chief executive of publishing for DC Thomson, Ellis Watson, welcomed the new teams and said it was “exciting” that the publisher had “found the very best talent for these openings in our own company”.

The wave of changes also included the departure of Neil O’Brien, who has worked as part of the DC Thomson Group since 2003 and held the position of head of publishing since 2012. He is leaving the company to take up a new post as publisher for a London-based specialist firm. 

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