Ayrshire man trapped on tabloid rollercoaster for 34 years makes dramatic escape

Scottish Sun editor Alan Muir hailed his time at the paper as a “terrifying and magical roller-coaster that I thought I’d never want to get off” as he announced he is stepping down after almost 34 years.

He leaves the paper in March having first joined as a casual reporter in 1987 before landing a full time role in 1991, going on to become News Editor in 2000 for a decade. He became Associate Editor, Deputy Editor and Acting Editor before finally being handed the role full time in October 2016.

Since then he has led the paper to winning multiple awards including Scottish Newspaper of the Year, saw its web team being named the Digital Team of the Year and the title unseating the Daily Record for a time as best selling newspaper.

He also helped lead effort to support charities and tackle child poverty in Scotland and support the launch of a radio station for the title.

But he has also faced challenges over controversial headlines in the paper and coped with a backlash against the London parent title over its political stances having an impact on the Scottish edition with its own line.

The role of Editor-In-Chief at the title was first advertised around a week ago, but he made his lockdown decision to go public online today.

He said: “After almost 34 years at the Scottish Sun, I’ve decided to take the plunge and see if there’s another adventure out there.

“In equal measure, it has been both a terrifying and magical roller-coaster that I thought I’d never want to get off.

“The one thing that has been constant, however, are all the brilliant people I’ve had the good fortune to work with over the years – on the paper and outwith it.

Alan Muir editor Scottish Sun
Scottish Sun Editor Alan Muir

“I’m really grateful for that. They have all made the decades fly by.”

He added: “I’m leaving at the end of March and, for the first time in my life, I don;’t know what’s around the corner.

“How exciting is that!”

The appointment of the new Editor-In-Chief was still to be announced.

Main Image credit: Alan Muir/ScottishSun



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