By Hamish Mackay
Scotland on Sunday editor Iain Martin is to join the Telegraph group of newspapers in a senior editorial role.
Martin, 34, is to become assistant editor across both the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph – reporting to editor-in-chief John Bryant.
He started his career in newspapers with the Sunday Times Scotland, after graduating from Glasgow University.
Appointed Scotland on Sunday political editor in 1997, he was made Scotsman assistant editor (Politics) six years ago and deputy editor of SoS later that year.
He was editor of The Scotsman from December 2001 – the youngest-ever Scotsman editor – until November 2004, overseeing the launch of the paper as a compact, before returning to Scotland on Sunday as editor.
His appointment came as little surprise to the Scottish newspaper industry as it has been known for some time he was keen to work for a London title.
Martin was recently linked with the editor’s post at The Spectator, whose chief executive is Andrew Neil. Neil had to sever his links as publisher and editor-in-chief of Scotsman Publications when it was sold in December to Johnston Press for £160m.
Scotsman Publications had been owned by Telegraph owners Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, who also own The Spectator.