It will be off to pastures new for Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer editor Mike Rankin as from next week.
Mike, who has been at the helm of the newspapers since January 2013, is relocating to Angus South in his new role as head of that division, which is part of Johnston Press Scotland.
Based in Arbroath and Forfar, he will be in charge of a stable of titles serving those towns as well as Montrose, Brechin, Kirriemuir and Carnoustie.
His responsibilities will also extend to the Stornoway Gazette in Lewis, in the Western Isles.
An award-winning veteran journalist, he started his career as a cub reporter in Fife in the 1970s and will embark on his 41st year in the industry in September.
He spent 10 years in charge of the St Andrews Citizen newspaper based in the Home of Golf and was then, briefly, head of news for North East Fife within the Fife Free Press group of titles prior to being appointed editor of the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer, based in Stonehaven, and their sister titles, the Deeside and Donside Pipers in Banchory.
A family man, when time allows he also enjoys an eclectic range of interests which include motor cycles, canoeing, cycling and fishing.
He said this week: ‘’I have enjoyed my time in Kincardine and the Mearns.
‘‘I’d like to thank all of the people I have come to know and who have contributed to the success of the paper, not least of whom the hard-working editorial team, and wish them well for the future.’’
Mike will be succeeded to the editorship of those titles by Morag Kuc, currently editor of the Peterhead-based Buchan Advertiser, Fraserburgh Herald and Ellon Times newspapers.
Morag’s responsibilities will be extended as part of her new role as editor of Angus North division in which she will continue to work closely with Mike.
Also moving up is Leader and Observer senior reporter Rachel Campbell, who is now deputy editor of Angus North and will continue to be based in Stonehaven along with reporter Lee McCann, who has assumed an additional digital specialism.