Former Independent on Sunday editor John Mullin has been appointed by the BBC as its referendum editor ahead of next year’s vote on Scottish independence.
Mullin, who will take up his new role next week and report to BBC Scotland’s head of news John Boothman, left the Independent on Sunday in February this year.
The appointment is part of the corporation’s recruitment drive in Scotland before next September’s referendum with up to 50 temporary jobs expected to be created.
Mullin was deputy editor of The Scotsman from 2000 to 2003, before moving to become executive editor for The Independent from 2003 to 2007. He was then made deputy editor and later editor of its Sunday sister paper.
Mullin said: "This is going to be a historic year for Scotland and I'm delighted to be taking up this new role at the BBC. I'm really looking forward to working with some of the best journalists in the business and I can't wait to get cracking."
Boothman described Mullin as "a talented editor" and added: "I am confident that our coverage of this momentous event in Scotland’s history will be world class."