No news is bad news for black-eye MacKay

TELEVISION news presenter John MacKay has been forced off the screen – by a black eye.

MacKay, who is the regular presenter of STV's News at Six, got the injury in a clash of heads during a seven-a-side football match involving staff of the Glasgow-based station after his broadcast last Thursday evening.

STV bosses immediately ordered him off air until the colourful purple and yellow bruise around his swollen left eye had died down.

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The keen footballer explained his absence from News at Six on his STV online video blog the Real MacKay, which he has renamed the Real Black-Eye.

The blog also shows him having the black eye covered up by a make-up artist in a bid to reclaim his news hotseat from Louise White.

Pointing at his eye, he said the freak accident had happened during a friendly game in Glasgow as he and a rival player went in for a tackle head-on.

He said: "I know a lot of you were very excited on Friday night to see Louise presenting again and probably thought 'we're back to the old ways', but don't get carried away, there was a reason I wasn't presenting the news. There's also a reason why I'm standing in profile, and basically that's it.

"It was a challenge at football, a clash of heads and I ended up like this. On Friday, it was right out and so I couldn't (appear] on Friday.

"There is a lesson here. News presenters shouldn't play contact sports.

"You want to see the other guy, by the way – there's not a mark on him."

MacKay, 45, said he hoped to return to the screen soon.