A new editor has been confirmed at The Scotsman newspaper.
Ian Stewart, 51, started in his new role on Tuesday where he has been acting editor of the flagship daily title since the sudden departure of John McLellan.
Previously Mr Stewart was the editor of other Edinburgh-based Johnston Press titles Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News.
Speaking in The Scotsman he said: “It is a great honour to be appointed editor of Scotland’s national newspaper, one of the country’s leading institutions with a long and proud history stretching back almost 200 years.
“These are momentous times for Scotland and The Scotsman will continue to play a central part in the debate as Scotland decides its future.
“These are also exciting times for news organisations as the digital world give us great opportunities to deliver more to readers and advertisers and to have greater engagement across the many platforms that technology affords us.
“I look forward to continuing and developing that growth and maintaining The Scotsman as Scotland’s leading quality newspaper.”
Andrew Richardson, managing director of Johnston Press Scotland, said: “I am delighted that Ian has taken on the role of editor of The Scotsman and am confident that under his leadership the title will thrive.”