Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, has been appointed as the BBC’s new Director of Nations and Regions, working across all areas of the BBC including radio.
The role was announced by the Director-General, Tony Hall in July 2016 and Ken MacQuarrie will take up the post with immediate effect. He will be responsible for representing the voice of audiences outside London as well as taking on editorial responsibility for all of the content produced by the BBC’s Nations and Regions teams.
He will also be responsible for identifying savings in the Nations and Regions so that more money can be released for content.
Radio Independents Group’s Managing Director Will Jackson welcomes the appointment: “RIG welcomes the appointment and looks forward to Mr McQuarrie engaging with the independent production sector. it is crucial to ensure that the indies based in communities all around the UK can help to make sure the BBC is fairly representing all of Britain in its radio output – both its UK-wide and nations services.”
The Nations Directors and the Directors of the regional hubs in the North, Midlands and South West will work to this role and work will now begin on the process of replacing Ken MacQuarrie in Scotland.
Tony Hall says: “I am delighted to appoint Kenny to this important post. Reflecting the nations and serving them well is vital for the BBC and a key part of the new Charter. There is no one better than Kenny to get this right. He is a supremely able leader and manager and is hugely respected, not just within the BBC, but outside as well. I know he’s the right person to give the Nations and Regions a strong voice across the BBC.”
Ken MacQuarrie says: “I’m looking forward to beginning this new role. I know how much audiences value the BBC reflecting their own communities. From the Isles of Scilly to Shetland there are some great stories to be told. We want to represent and report all corners of the UK and everybody should feel that the BBC offers something for them. I’ll enjoy championing our excellent nations and regions teams at the top table.”
Ken will be based outside of London and will travel extensively across the UK as part of the role.