Scotland business

Newspapers group closes offices

The Paisley Daily Express is to move its office out of Paisley, to be run instead from Glasgow.

The move comes as newspaper group Media Scotland, a subsidiary of Trinity Mirror, closes five offices.

Local papers in Dumbarton, Irvine and Airdrie will also have local offices closed by Media Scotland.

Two of Scotland's largest-selling newspapers, the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, will have no office in Edinburgh, except for parliamentary reporting.

Media Scotland, one of Scotland's biggest publishers, is closing five offices around Scotland in February and March, while threatening to axe 35 advertising and administrative jobs.

Company managing director Mark Hollinshead claims some of its offices are not "fit for purpose".

Journalists based in the five offices were told on Wednesday they are to work from their homes instead, or at the central Glasgow head office of the Daily Record.

Those based in the Edinburgh offices are being told they could use the Scottish Parliament office, or the West Lothian Courier base in Bathgate.

A spokesman said the reporters' connection with the areas covered by the local titles will be retained by being out and about in the communities.

Mr Hollinshead told staff: "These changes form a crucial next step in the development of our new company as we work to shape Scotland's biggest publishing business."

Media Scotland was formed in November from a merger by the Trinity Mirror parent company of its national Daily Record and Sunday Mail titles with the local network of papers that was previously known as Scottish and Universal Newspapers.