Joan McAlpine leaving Scotsman for the Daily Record

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Journalist and now SNP MSP Joan McAlpine is reported to be switching from the Scotsman newspaper to the Daily Record according to allmediascotland.com.

Ms McAlpine who is a former Editor of the Sunday Times Scotland and former Deputy Editor of The Herald will give up her weekly column in the Scotsman within the next couple of weeks.

Her new column is to be titled, ‘Joan McAlpine, an independent woman’ and will be appearing on Tuesdays.

Media reports have recently suggested that the Record is to adopt a more balanced coverage of Scottish politics and this move will be seen as evidence of a more mature approach to the SNP.

However it is expected that the paper’s editorial stance will still see it favour Scotland remaining in the Union and it will still support the Labour party.  Its two leading political writers, Magnus Gardham and Torcuil Crichton, are both very much pro-Union in their leanings.

The paper came under fire last year after dropping independence supporting columnist and successful actress Elaine C. Smith.  Ms Smith was replaced by BBC Scotland newsreader Jackie Bird.

Speaking to allmediascotland.com the Record’s Editor in Chief Allan Rennie said: “We are delighted to have Joan on board.  She’ll give us an alternative voice.  She knows the Record inside-out.”

Circulation figures for both the Scotsman and the Daily Record have been hit hard recently. 

January circulation figures for the Record are down almost 10% on last year’s total, falling from 294,000 to 264,737.  The Scotsman has fallen by 8.4% over the same period, going from 42,431 to 38,844.