Stewart Appointed Scotsman Editor

The acting editor of The Scotsman has had his role made permanent.

Ian Stewart took over the reins of the paper when the paper's publishers, Johnston Press, parted company with John McLellan in April.

At the time, he was editing Scotland on Sunday. And he is a former editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, also part of The Scotsman Publications Ltd.

In today's Scotsman, Stewart is quoted as saying: “It is a great honour to be appointed editor of Scotland’s national newspaper, one of the country’s leading institutions with a long and proud history stretching back almost 200 years.

“These are momentous times for Scotland and The Scotsman will continue to play a central part in the debate as Scotland decides its future.

“These are also exciting times for news organisations as the digital world give us great opportunities to deliver more to readers and advertisers and to have greater engagement across the many platforms that technology affords us.

“I look forward to continuing and developing that growth and maintaining The Scotsman as Scotland’s leading quality newspaper.”

Andrew Richardson, managing director of Johnston Press Scotland, which owns Scotsman Publications Ltd, is also quoted, as saying: “I am delighted that Ian has taken on the role of editor of The Scotsman and am confident that under his leadership the title will thrive.”

The Scotsman reports that Stewart first joined the paper in 1991 as night news editor and that he has spent the majority of his career with the three Scotsman Publications titles except for a period with the Scottish Daily Mail, in Glasgow.

It is not mentioned in The Scotsman article who will edit Scotland on Sunday.