The BBC has relocated James Naughtie, veteran presenter of Radio’s 4’s The Today Programme to Scotland to cover the Scottish independence referendum next year.
Naughtie will continue to his role on the Today Programme while also joining Good Morning Scotland’s presenting team, the BBC has said, from the Autumn.
His new role will see him co-present Good Morning Scotland for two days a week as chief reporter, working across Radio 4 news programmes, including specially commissioned documentaries and a number of debates ahead of the vote on 18 September next year.
“I am thrilled at this enhancement of my role on Today. The Constitutional debate and the decision next year have great historic importance for Scotland and the whole of the UK, so I am excited to be in the thick of it, on both sides of the border, from start to finish,” commented Naughtie.
“The opportunity to spend more time working in Scotland in Referendum Year is something that I am looking forward to immensely. This is one of the great stories of our time and I’m delighted to be so involved in it.”
He will then return to the Today programme full time ahead of the general election in 2015.
Ken MacQuarrie, director BBC Scotland, added: “The Referendum story is of huge significance for BBC Scotland and I’m delighted James will be contributing to our coverage of it as part of the Good Morning Scotland presenting team.”
Meanwhile, Mishal Husain, currently presents Sunday’s BBC News at Ten will take over from Naughtie on the Today programme while he is in Scotland.