Brian Taylor (born 9 January 1955 in Dundee, Scotland) is a former 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 1979 United Kingdom general election.
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. 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.
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.
On 10 September 2020, it was announced that he would retire at the end of October.
Taylor is married with two sons.
Taylor joined Twitter in 2012 and did not tweet anything until 2020 after he retired from BBC Scotland. His lack of tweets made him a Twitter icon who people regularly joke has said something outrageous then deleted it.
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