THE Scots journalist, John Mullin, who was most recently editor of The Independent on Sunday, has been appointed to lead the BBC’s coverage of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.
A former deputy editor of The Scotsman, Mullin has been named ‘referendum editor’ and follows an announcement in May that the BBC was planning to devote significant resources to coverage of both the Commonwealth Games and the referendum.
Says a BBC statement: “Most recently editor of The Independent on Sunday, John is a hugely experienced and respected journalist who has worked extensively in the newspaper industry in both London and Scotland. He has worked for several leading papers as reporter and correspondent including The Guardian, Scotsman and Independent. He was deputy editor for The Scotsman from 2000 to 2003, then executive editor for The Independent from 2003 to 2007 before becoming deputy editor, then editor, of The Independent on Sunday until earlier this year.
“John will take up his role on Monday September 9. He will be based in the Glasgow newsroom in Pacific Quay and will lead an ambitious programme of multi-platform Referendum coverage for the BBC, reporting and analysing one of the biggest news stories of recent times not just to audiences in Scotland, but to audiences across the UK.”