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Alex Salmond sells major stake in his TV company ‘to help pay legal bills’

Alex Salmond hired one of Scotland's top QCs to help him fight charges - Andy Buchanan/AFP
Alex Salmond hired one of Scotland’s top QCs to help him fight charges – Andy Buchanan/AFP

Alex Salmond has sold a major stake in his TV production company to help pay his legal bills following his acquittal on sexual assault charges, The Daily Telegraph understands.

Documents lodged at Companies House show that the former First Minister is no longer listed as a person with “significant control” over Slainte Media, which he set up in 2017 when he launched a TV and stand-up career after losing his Westminster seat.

Mr Salmond is believed to retain a small stake in the company, of around 10 per cent, although Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the former SNP MP and his business partner, now holds more than three quarters of shares. The pair previously held half of the company each.

The company is behind Mr Salmond’s controversial weekly chat show on RT, formerly Russia Today, which Ms

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