Media House International woos press veteran Smith

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

Jack Irvine.

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

until 2000.

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.'

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