From 1992 to 1997 Morton was the main presenter of Impressions for Radio 3, a fortnightly Jazz and improvised music programme. For more than a decade Morton was a familiar voice on music programmes and features on other arts related subjects on the London based BBC networks. For some years he was the presenter and producer of The Usual Suspects, subsequently The Brian Morton Show on BBC Radio Scotland, until 2003 when he resigned after criticising the BBC's art coverage. He currently writes and farms on the West of Scotland, with his wife, landscape photographer Sarah MacDonald. They have one son. Morton also has two older daughters.
He is co-author (with the late Richard Cook) of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (formerly ...on CD), whose ninth edition (undertaken single-handed following Cook's premature death in 2007) is scheduled for publication in October 2008. He is also the author of The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Contemporary Music (1996), which covers modern classical music. A frequent contributor to Jazz Review magazine since its inception, he became editor in 2008.
Morton's non-jazz books include translations from the Norwegian of Jonas Lie, Miles Davis (Haus Publishing), Prince: Thief in the Temple (Canongate Books) and Shostakovich (Haus). A short biography of the writer Edgar Allan Poe will be published by Haus in December 2008.
Brian Morton is a 'Comment' columnist in the Scottish edition of the Observer newspaper and, like his American namesake, is an occasional contributor to The Nation magazine. Morton holds an honorary D.Litt. from the University of St Andrews, awarded on St Andrews Day, 2000, for services to Scottish broadcasting and cultural life.