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Brian Taylor (journalist)

Brian Taylor (born 9 January[1] 1955 in Dundee) is the political editor for BBC Scotland. Taylor – who joined the BBC in 1985 – originally co-presented Left, Right and Centre and was political correspondent prior to his current role. Taylor has covered politics on television since the United Kingdom general election, 1979.

In 2009, he presented Holyrood and the Search for Scotland's Soul, a documentary by BBC Scotland Investigates to mark the 10th anniversary of the devolved Scottish Parliament.


Early lifeEdit

Taylor attended the independent High School of Dundee and graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1977 with an MA (Hons) degree in English.[2] Following his graduation, Taylor was employed as a journalist by the Aberdeen-based Press & Journal before a six-year spell as a lobby correspondent at Westminster.

The BBCEdit

Taylor joined the BBC in 1985, co-presenting the BBC Scotland political programme Left, Right and Centre with Kirsty Wark, and presenting Good Morning Scotland. Following this, he was appointed political correspondent and then political editor.

Taylor has written two books on Scotland's new Parliament: The Scottish Parliament (Polygon, Edinburgh University Press, 1999), an account of the road to devolution and its consequences; and Scotland's Parliament: Triumph and Disaster (Edinburgh University Press, November 2002), analysing the early years of the new Parliament.

Personal lifeEdit

Taylor is married with two sons.[2]

Taylor is a keen Dundee United football supporter and attends games regularly. He has presented the club's inaugural Hall of Fame dinner on a number of occasions.[3]

He was awarded an honorary degree by Abertay University in 2010. [4]

Taylor joined Twitter in 2012 and has yet to tweet anything.[5] His lack of tweets has made him a Twitter icon who people regularly joke has said something outrageous then deleted it.[6]


  1. ^ "Reveals on his Big Debate programme he is nine days younger than Alex Salmond, placing his date of birth as 9 January". Archived from the original on 2013-04-19.
  2. ^ a b "Brian Taylor". BBC News. 5 March 2012.
  3. ^ "DUFC Hall of Fame Dinner". Dundee United FC. Retrieved 24 September 2008.
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  5. ^ "Brian Taylor (@TannadiceLad) - Twitter". Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ "How BBC Scotland's Politics Editor Became A Cult Hero On Twitter Without Ever Tweeting". Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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Political editor of BBC Scotland
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