BBC Scotland presenter Nick Sheridan has died aged 32

BBC Scotland’s Nick Sheridan has passed away at the age of 32 following a short illness.

Nick joined BBC Scotland in 2018 and presented various programmes including Reporting Scotland, Drivetime, the Nine and Seven Days.

The news of Nick’s death was announced on social media by BBC Scotland with a tribute from its Head of News and Current Affairs Gary Smith, who said: “Nick has been a wonderful colleague. He was a hugely talented journalist, presenter and author – and one of those rare people who light up the lives of everyone around them.

“Funny, clever, kind. A lovely man.

“Our hearts go out to his parents, to his partner and to all his family and friends.”

First Minister Humza Yousaf also paid tribute at the start of his weekly question session in the Scottish Parliament chamber, describing him as aa “extremely talented journalist and author”.

He added: “He will be greatly missed. Many of us in this chamber will have been questioned by Nick – quite robustly no doubt – whether it was on BBC Drivetime or on many of the other programmes that he presented.

“My thoughts are with his family, his many friends and indeed his colleagues. It will undoubtedly be a very sad time for them.”

Sheridan was from Wexford in Ireland and had worked in broadcasting for over 10 years. More recently, he left his staff job at the BBC to write children’s books but continued presenting as a freelancer on BBC Scotland’s radio and TV news programmes.