Magnus Linklater to retire from his post as Scotland editor of The Times
The Scotland editor of The Times, Magnus Linklater, is stepping down next week after 18 years with the News International title.
Linklater, who turned 70 last month, joined the paper, initially as a columnist, following six years as editor of The Scotsman.
He was appointed Scotland editor five years ago - tasked with providing wider coverage of Scotland in the paper.
In common with most newspapers, the circulation of the Scotland edition of The Times has been decreasing, and last month's ABC figure revealed an averge daily circulation of 18,495 copies.
Linklater told allmediascotland: “I am certain the Scotland edition will continue; that the publishers wish to keep it going.”
No successor has yet been named, and it is expected Scottish political editor, Angus Macleod, will be handed the acting Scotland editor role.
Linklater plans to continue working as a freelance. He told allmediascotland: “I would like to carry on writing, commentary and opinion, because it is such an interesting time in Scotland. There could hardly be a more interesting time to be in Scotland, and I want to be fully involved in writing about it."