Colin Mackay (journalist)

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Colin Mackay is a Scottish journalist who works as a political editor for STV News and occasional relief presenter of Scotland Tonight .


Mackay joined STV in 2015 replacing Claire Stewart. [1] Prior to this Mackay worked for Bauer Radio for 16 years as their Scottish Political Editor. [2]

In 2007 Mackay won "News Reporter of the Year award" at the Independent Radio News Awards; Mackay said: "I'm honoured to receive and I'm extremely flattered to be recognised in such a category." [3]

Mackay became Political Editor of STV News in 2019, taking over the role from Bernard Ponsonby, who became Special Correspondent. [4] [5]

In 2023, he interviewed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. A recording of the encounter went viral, as Sunak appeared to evade Mackay's questioning about whether or not he would recognize hypothetical Scottish independence. [6]

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