With 40 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s most senior and respected journalists across newspapers, radio and television, Mike Edwards offers expert media counsel, strategic communications advice, crisis communications management and comprehensive media training.
Adept at broadcasting live and unscripted on STV news as events unfolded, Mike will train you to deliver the right messages in the right manner to the right audiences. And he’ll equip you to face TV cameras, radio mics and print media journalists with authority and assuredness.
Mike Edwards BA VR
LEAD ASSOCIATE: MEDIA TRAINING
Twice a day for more than 25 years, Mike Edwards entered the homes of millions of people as the face of the biggest news story of the day on Scottish Television.
He has covered every major news, sport and political story to have broken in a generation for STV, and is widely regarded as one of the country’s most experienced, trusted and respected journalists.
BAFTA- and RTS-nominated for his work, Mike is a skilled and experienced TV reporter, documentary-maker, scriptwriter, producer, director and editor.
He has covered such major events as the Piper Alpha, Lockerbie and Dunblane tragedies; the Glasgow Airport terror attack; the Scottish devolution and independence referendums; the G8 summit at Gleneagles; and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He reported live from the scene of the Clutha helicopter crash, the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy and the Stockline Plastics factory explosion.
Although an experienced all-rounder, Mike’s specialist area was crime and the courts, and he covered every major trial to have taken place in 26 years. Among them were the first ‘double jeopardy’ retrials of World’s End killer Angus Sinclair, and Surjit Singh Chhokar’s murderer, Ronnie Coulter; as well as cases involving serial killers Bible John, Peter Tobin and Robert Black; and Moors murderer Ian Brady.
Prior to his TV career, he worked in newspapers and radio, in news and sport, at home and abroad. He was a journalist in the World Service newsroom of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation in Bern for three years, covering global stories like the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Coup, the Yugoslav civil war, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and its liberation by US and UK forces.
Mike is also a commissioned infantry officer and has served in the Army reserve for more than 25 years. He was called up for operational tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he lived in the field and experienced combat. Mike was a Major in the British armoured division which entered Iraq at the start of the operation to liberate the country and depose Saddam Hussein. And he served with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
He was the NATO spokesman, serving in Turkish headquarters in Kabul, and the chief British Army media handler in Basra. In both theatres, often under enemy fire, he led both strategic and tactical media operations.
He is a skilled communications strategist, media analyst and handler, crisis communications expert and social media content producer, photographer and videographer.
His novel, Friendly Fire, was published in 2006 and his autobiographical travelogue, The Road Home, in 2018.
Born and raised in Inverness, Mike holds a BA degree in Sociology and a diploma in Journalism. He is also a graduate of the British Army junior staff college and the Canadian Army senior staff college.
Mike is proud to be an ambassador for Alzheimer Scotland. He volunteers at the Erskine Hospital for ex-servicemen and women, and is involved in projects for Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit and Crimestoppers. He is a trustee of the Highlanders Regimental Museum at Fort George and the Royal Highland Fusiliers charity.
Hobbies include reading, writing, the outdoors, following Inverness Caley FC and endeavouring to play a growing collection of guitars.