The former head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland is to lead the pro-Union campaign in the event of a second independence referendum, it has been claimed.
John Boothan, who was with the BBC for 30 years, left the corporation in June 2015 to take up a new position assisting with the corporation’s Charter renewal bid. A new charter was published last year.
According to BBC news reports, the ex-BBC chief is said to have been approached by senior figures within the Labour Party concerned that the pro-Unionist campaign is unprepared to take on Nicola Sturgeon. Unnamed sources are keen to avoid having any current or former politicians take on the role.
Boothman will be joined at the helm by retired comedian Russ Abbott, who has lived in Scotland for the last fifteen years, and Labour activist Duncan Hothersall.
The news was welcomed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson who praised Boothman’s pro-Union credentials.
“I worked at BBC Scotland under John and know just how committed he is to the Union. Nothing was more important to him.”
The announcement comes just a day after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon submitted a formal request to the UK Government for a section 30 order that would allow a legally binding referendum to be held.
This of course an April Fool.