The head of news at STV has resigned after being investigated over allegations of misconduct.

Steven Ladurantaye, who was recruited to head the broadcaster's Glasgow newsroom two years ago, was suspended earlier this month when the claims emerged. 

Following a report in The Times, The Herald understands that the allegations involved complaints from multiple female members of staff.

STV has now confirmed that Ladurantaye will step down, citing “mental health reasons”.

Deputy head of news, Linda Grimes, will now oversee the broadcaster’s news and current affairs operation.

Canadian Ladurantaye was previously managing editor of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and global chairman of news at Twitter.

He was forced to apologise in 2017 after the Canadian broadcaster ruled that he had posted an “insensitive and frankly unacceptable” remark about cultural appropriation on Twiter.

A spokeswoman for STV said: “We take complaints about inappropriate conduct at STV extremely seriously. We will always investigate fully, while respecting the duty of care we owe to all parties involved.

“Steven Ladurantaye has resigned as STV’s head of news and current affairs for medical reasons around mental health, for which he is receiving treatment.”