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Twitter Reaction: John McLellan's axe as editor-in-chief of Scotsman Publications


By The Drum Team | Editorial

April 12, 2012 | 2 min read

The removal of John McLellan, editor-in-chief of The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and The Edinburgh Evening News from his role, as revealed by The Drum this morning, has led to headlines across many business sites today, and caused a stir on Twitter, as the story develops, and staff walked out in protest at the decision.

Here are a few of the tweets that were generated as a result of McLellan's departure (the 10th editor to depart The Scotsman in 17 years) today.

Duncan Hothersall: "John McLellan marched from the building. Staff were threatening walk out, not sure whether they did."

Andrew Neil, former editor of The Sunday Times: "Why has the excellent John McLellan been removed as editor of The Scotsman?"

Rhoda Buchanan from The Times: "Scotsman Editor was told to get out of the office by midday. Then staff walked out."

Former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson: "Good luck to @johnmclellan for all that lies ahead. And to @scotsmanpaper and its staff."

Mike Wade from The Times: "Fears of further job losses at the Scotsman, with possibility of features and magazine production moving south ...."

Magnus Linklater, former editor of The Scotsman and The Scottish Times: "Tragedy that The Scotsman has lost John McLellan as Editor -- best they've had in a decade. Can it survive?"

Gina Davison, associate editor at The Edinburgh Evening News:"Not at work this week but thoughts with all Scotsman/Evening News staff and Mr McLellan, who has my total respect. Shameful.

Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland business and economy editor: "Journalists at The Scotsman titles: "anger, disbelief at appalling manner" of John McLellan's axing as editor. Cost-cutting "contemptible"

Journalist David Torrance: "Surprising news about John McLellan's departure from Scotsman. He gave me my first job in journalism, at the Edinburgh Evening News, in 2000."

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