Former executive editor of The Scotsman Ramsay Smith has joined
Scottish PR agency Media House International as an executive director
after more than 20 years in newspapers.
Smith was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press, but he is
expected take up the post on 27 August, reporting to executive chairman
Tom Cassidy, Media House MD since last November and himself a veteran of
Scottish newspapers, said Smith would handle accounts for some of the
agency's biggest clients and would specialise in political lobbying.
Smith's career began as a cub reporter on the Scottish Daily Express in
1981. He went on to join the Daily Express in London as a news reporter
in what was the beginning of a 15-year stint in Fleet Street. That ended
when Smith left his job as a news reporter and newsdesk executive for
the Daily Mail to return to Scotland in 1996.
There he became assistant news editor at the Sunday Mail before becoming
deputy editor and later editor at the Scottish Daily Mail for two years
Smith worked for just six weeks as a consultant at Media House before
being lured back last January as executive editor of The Scotsman, then
widely reported to be losing senior staff.
Cassidy paid tribute to Smith's 'excellent political contacts' and
journalistic pedigree: 'He worked as a consultant for us but was tempted
back by The Scotsman. I think he found it hard to get the ink out of his
bloodstream, but ultimately he saw the light.'