TV news anchor appointed Honorary Professor

19 February 2015

Scotland Tonight presenter John MacKay

Scotland Tonight presenter John MacKay

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will welcome TV news anchor and newly-appointed Honorary Professor John MacKay to celebrate the achievements of the University’s postgraduate journalism students.

As a reporter then broadcaster for STV, Professor MacKay has been at the forefront of Scottish media since the 1990s, covering major stories including the Lockerbie bombing, the Dunblane shooting, the opening of the Scottish Parliament and last year’s Scottish Referendum.

He is currently the chief anchor for the West edition of STV News at Six and a presenter for current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight.

Claire Dean, MA Multimedia Journalism Programme Leader, said: “John MacKay’s appointment by GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society as Honorary Professor in Broadcast Journalism is great news for our students and it builds on the University’s partnership with STV to deliver STV Glasgow.

“Employability and close links with the industry are fundamental to the success of our undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes. We look forward to John sharing his insights and knowledge of the profession, from his early days on the Sunday Post to his television work, first for the BBC then STV, where he is now one of the channel’s longest-serving and highly-regarded news and current affairs presenters.”

Professor MacKay will join current GCU students, graduates, staff and leading figures in the industry at the alumni celebration, which will take place from 6.30pm on Friday, February 20 in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre at GCU.