Peter McMahon

Peter McMahon

The former deputy editor of the Scotsman has joined ITV Border as its new political editor. It is  a new position and follows the expansion of Border into large parts of Southern Scotland.

News gathering and the compilation of reports for programmes and political commentary will take place across the Border region with programmes continuing to be produced from the regional hub in Gateshead.

MacMahon is one of Scotland’s political ‘heavyweights’.

He joined The Scotsman in 2005, initially reporting on Scottish Government and business briefs before being appointed as deputy editor. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and as press secretary to former First Minister, Henry McLeish and was prior to The Scotsman the political editor of the Daily Mirror’s Scottish edition.

MacMahon said: “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, added: “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.”

ITV Border has also announced that its news programme, Lookaround, will return to covering solely the South of Scotland and Cumbria this autumn with 30 minutes of local news each weekday.