Magnus Linklater

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Full name: Magnus Linklater

Area of interest: Current affairs, Scotland, politics, government, society and values

Journals/Organisation: The Times

Email: magnus.linklater@thetimes.co.uk

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Website: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/magnuslinklater

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About: Magnus Linklater is a contributor to the The Times and a columnist for Scotland on Sunday. He is a former Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, and edited The Scotsman from 1988 to 1994. Over the past 30 years he has held a number of senior journalistic appointments, on the London Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and The Observer. He also presented the current affairs programme Eye To Eye on BBC Radio Scotland in the mid-1990s. Linklater has written several books on current affairs and Scottish history, and holds honorary degrees from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Napier Universities

Education: Eton College, Berkshire; Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany; Sorbonne, Paris; Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Career: Daily Express: reporter, 1964; Evening Standard; The Sunday Times, 1969/1983; The Observer; recruited to launch and edit Robert Maxwell's London Daily News; returned to Scotland as editor of The Scotsman, 1988/1994; worked freelance, contributing a weekly column for Scotland on Sunday, 1998/2007 and to The Times, 1994-

Current position/role: Contributor to The Times

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Other roles/Main role: Chairman of the Scottish Arts Council in 1996/2001; Chairman of the Little Sparta Trust - maintains Little Sparta, the garden of the late Ian Hamilton Finlay; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Video: Presented BBC Radio Scotland's weekly discussion programme, Eye to Eye, 1994/1997

Controversy/Criticism: Involved in the publishing of the Hitler Diaries by The Sunday Times, 1983 - Historic hoax which took no prisoners

Awards/Honours: Honorary degrees from Napier University, 1994; University of Aberdeen, 1997; University of Glasgow, 2001

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Other: Son of writer Eric Linklater; Married to Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, Veronica Linklater, Baroness Linklater of Butterstone

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Remit/Info: Current affairs, Scotland, politics, government, society and values

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Email: magnus.linklater@thetimes.co.uk

Website: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/magnuslinklater

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Average length: 950 words

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Column name: Column now defunct, final article published on 11th February 2007 (column began Feb. 1998)

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