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Iain MacDonald “sacked” from BBC Scotland

One of BBC Radio Scotland’s veteran broadcasters Iain MacDonald is being let go by the corporation after 34 years.

Mr MacDonald told the Herald: “Just as the BBC was announcing it had appointed a man one year younger than me (Tony Hall) to be Director General, at £450,000 a year, I got a phone call from Glasgow to say I was being sacked.

“I have to go down to Glasgow next week when I will be told why I am losing my job. I think I will keep my powder dry until then, but I will be appealing.”

A BBC spokesman said then: “It is true some have been through our ‘selection for retention process’ and have been unsuccessful. However, that doesn’t mean they are to be sacked. They will go into a redeployment pool to see if there are other suitable posts available.”

Bill Whiteford, the long-established presenter and ex-editor of the afternoon current affairs Newsdrive programme on Radio Scotland has also been told he is part of the cost-cutting at the BBC in the country.

0 4 1610 25 November, 2012 People News, Scotland Sunday, November 25th, 2012


  1. Len Groat

    I think this ‘‘selection for retention process’ could be used by Ofcom to sort the ‘wheat from the chaff’ in the ‘NO music variety’, ‘aimed at Debbie aged 29′, quasi-national radio stations!

  2. david

    Why do broadcasters feel the need to go public, saying they are “sacked” before it is officially confirmed? All it means is that they have no chance of appealing, and lose any chance of freelance work in the future.

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