MacMahon to leave The Scotsman for ITV Border role

THE deputy editor of The Scotsman, Peter MacMahon, is leaving, to become political editor of ITV Border.

With The Scotsman these last eight years, MacMahon is also a former political editor of the Daily Mirror newspaper. At The Scotsman, he is arguably best known for the highly-regarded Scottish Perspective comment section of the paper. He began at The Scotsman with Scottish Government and then business briefs. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and as press secretary to former First Minister, Henry McLeish.

He begins his new role at the end of the month.

In an ITV media release, he is quoted, as saying: “I’m delighted about the new job. We are entering arguably the most important phase in Scottish politics in a lifetime and I want to bring the facts to life and add context for the viewers.”

ITV Border’s managing editor, Catherine Houlihan, is quoted, as saying: “Peter brings a depth of knowledge and experience to this important role and it’s right that a journalist of his calibre should be the face of Scottish politics for ITV Border. It demonstrates ITV’s commitment to continuing our quality news service to the south of Scotland.”

The release continues: “ITV Border’s news programme, Lookaround, will return to covering solely the South of Scotland and Cumbria this autumn with 30 minutes of local news each weekday.”