Cruickshank named SMG chairman

DON CRUICKSHANK (pictured), the former head of telecoms watchdog Oftel, has been appointed chairman of Scottish Media Group, the owner of Scottish Television, Grampian Television and the Glasgow Herald.

Mr Cruickshank rejected suggestions there was a conflict of interest as he also advises Lord Hollick, chairman of United News and Media, on the company's bid for a third-generation mobile telephone licence. United is a possible bidder for SMG, which was put into play last month after Mirror Group sold its 18.6 per cent stake to Granada. Mr Cruickshank, who also chairs the Action 2000 millennium bug taskforce and the review of UK banking, will spend one day a week at SMG.