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PA editor calls time after six years with agency

An editor and published author is leaving news agency the Press Association next week to pursue a career as a freelance journalist.

Iain Duff, news chief with PA’s Scottish operations, will finish next Friday and is “going out on a high” by covering the General Election.

He is also finishing his third book on football, this time writing about the ‘Old Firm’ rivalry between Glasgow’s two main clubs Celtic and Rangers.

Iain said: “Whatever the outcome of the election it is sure to be a historic night, so hopefully I will be going out of PA on a high.

“At the moment I have no firm plans on what to do next but after a decade and a half of starting work at the crack of dawn, I am definitely pursuing options that don’t involve getting up quite so early in the morning.

“As well as my writing, reporting and newsdesk experience I’m also looking forward to getting the chance to learn some new skills that I’ll be able to put to good use in the future.”

Having previously been chief reporter and a member of the newsdesk at Glasgow’s Evening Times, Iain joined PA six years ago to lead a team of 30 journalists, photographers and production staff.

Anyone wishing to contact Iain can do so on or on 07854 979798.

Iain will be replaced by Victoria Mitchell who has been deputy editor of PA Scotland for two years and was previously chief reporter.

She said: “It is a real honour to be appointed editor of Press Association Scotland and I look forward to enhancing the quality of service provided by our outstanding team of multi-skilled reporters and award-winning photographers.”

PA editor Jonathan Grun added: “Victoria’s appointment recognises her hard work and dedication during the seven years that she has worked for the Press Association.

“She is a highly talented journalist and, with over fourteen years of experience working in Scottish news, is well placed to respond to the requirements of our customers in this evolving marketplace.”