Gordon Smart

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Gordon Smart is an award-winning journalist, editor, broadcaster and whisky entrepreneur.

A regular face on television and radio, Gordon has hosted his own evening show on Radio X and is a regular host of Drive on talkSPORT and Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio Scotland. He has also been working as an executive producer and host of entertainment content with start- up broadcaster TalkTV at News UK.

Making his name as the youngest editor of the famous Bizarre showbiz column in The Sun newspaper, landing the job when he was only 26 years old. He was voted Showbiz Reporter of The Year in 2012, after picking up a highly commended nomination every year he worked on the showbiz beat.

At 32, he was appointed editor of The Scottish Sun, steering the biggest selling newspaper in Scotland through the independence referendum in 2014, a Commonwealth Games and huge news stories including The Clutha helicopter crash, winning a clutch of awards in the process.

He returned to London in 2016 as Deputy Editor of the national edition during the European referendum. He can also claim to have co-edited a special edition of the paper with Luke Skywalker aka Mark Hamill, to mark May the 4th Be with You Day. Or is that Jedi-ting?

Gordon runs his own business, Restless Natives, consulting for Jaguar Land Rover and media training emerging talent such as One Direction. He also co-founded Copper Dog Whisky, where he still works as an ambassador after selling the brand to Diageo in 2018...

With a love for music, Gordon was also a Director of This Feeling, a network of indie music nightclubs around the UK giving emerging guitar bands their big break. This Feeling also made a series of music shows, hosted by Gordon, on YouTube with household names such as Stephen Graham and Martin Compston with bands including The Libertines and The Vaccines.

He has hosted Teenage Cancer Trust charity gigs at The Royal Albert Hall introducing The Who, Kasabian and Noel Gallagher onstage. He has also helped raise over £1m with the Mary Leishman Foundation, a charity set-up in his mother-in-law’s name after she died of cancer in 2010.

Gordon has been married for nearly 20 years to his childhood sweetheart, Kate. They have two children, Jimmy, 12, and Laurie, nine as well as a golden retriever, Jock. They live between rural Perthshire and Kings Cross, London.

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  • Editor, The Scottish Sun
  • The Evening Show, Radio X
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