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August 9, 2018

Sunday Herald editor Neil Mackay steps down after ‘ill-health’ forces him to ‘reassess priorities’

By Dorothy Musariri

Sunday Herald editor Neil Mackay has said he is stepping down after ill-health forced him to “reassess my priorities” after three years in charge.

Mackay confirmed his departure from the Newsquest-owned weekly on Twitter, but will still remain a writer-at-large across all Herald titles, which includes The Herald, Glasgow Evening Time and The National.

In a tweet, he said: “Some ill-health made me reassess my priorities. I loved my years as editor but the role is all-consuming and getting back to writing is what I want. Salute to the team – best in the biz.”

Newsquest has yet to confirm who will replace Mackay as editor.

Mackay wrote for the Big Issue and Scotland on Sunday before joining the Sunday Herald in 1999 as one of the launch team and crime editor.

He has worked as home affairs editor, investigations editor, head of news and deputy editor at the title and was appointed editor in 2015.

The Sunday Herald is Scotland’s best-selling Sunday newspaper with a circulation of 18,387 copies, according to ABC figures to the end of December.

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