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Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil (born May 21 1949) is a British journalist and broadcaster. Neil made his name at the Sunday Times where he was editor for 11 years. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Press Holdings group of newspapers, owner of The Scotsman, for which he writes.

Neil was educated at Paisley Grammar School and Glasgow University. After graduation he briefly worked for the Conservative Party as a research assistant before joining The Economist as a correspondent in 1973. He was later promoted to British editor of that news magazine before being offered the helm of Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times. He was editor there from 1983 until 1994.

In 1988 he also became founding chairman of Sky TV, also part of Murdoch's News International stable. He eventually parted company with Murdoch on bad terms and became a writer for the Daily Mail. In 1996 he became Editor-in-Chief of the Barclay brothers Press Holdings group of newspapers, owner of the The Scotsman, Sunday Business (now just The Business) and The European. Neil has not enjoyed great success with the circulations of the newspapers (indeed The European folded shortly after he took the helm).

Neil also presents several current affairs programmes for BBC radio and television, and writes a media column in the Evening Standard.

Neil is not married.

A photograph of him dressed in a vest and baseball cap, embracing a much younger woman, ran over several consecutive editions of satirical magazine Private Eye, after it became known that he found the picture embarrassing. It still surfaces periodically, on the flimsiest of excuses. The Eye has also nicknamed him Brillo Pad, after his untidy hairstyle.