Broadcast executive Donalda MacKinnon has been appointed to BBC Scotland’s top post.
Donalda, who is currently Head of Programmes and Services for BBC Scotland, will become BBC Scotland’s first female leader and will take up her new role with immediate effect.
Taking over the reins from Ken MacQuarrie, who was recently appointed the BBC’s Director, Nations and Regions, Donalda will become the senior editorial figure with responsibility for BBC Scotland content across radio, television and online.
Donalda MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland, says: “Being part of the huge team effort that brings so many different programmes to all our audiences is a real privilege and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help shape that even more in the future.
“The new Charter offers great opportunities – and a few challenges – as we aim to make great content that reflects Scotland’s diversity and distinctiveness for audiences here, across the UK and the world. I know there’s a wealth of talent and creativity in BBC Scotland, in the wider sector and in partner organisations. Working brilliantly together, I’m confident we can make compelling and enthralling programmes that entertain and inform all of our audiences.”
In her new role Donalda will set the editorial priorities and strategies for Scotland in line with wider BBC strategy, leading teams of commissioning and production heads in BBC Scotland, the award-winning BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and all the other teams that support content creation.
Tony Hall, BBC Director General, said he is confident BBC Scotland will continue to thrive under her leadership: “I’m delighted that Donalda is going to take up this role. In her current job she has been responsible for the teams producing hits like Still Game, Fair Isle and Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart. I’m confident that BBC Scotland will continue its creative success under her leadership and will get even better at representing life in Scotland.”
Ken MacQuarrie, BBC Director of Nations and Regions, also welcomed her appointment: “Donalda has an excellent track record in bringing a wide range of engaging programmes to our audiences and I know she’ll continue to work with the BBC Scotland staff and the independent production community to build on that. She’s hugely respected throughout the creative sector and I know BBC Scotland will be in very good hands.”
As part of her current role, she has overseen partnerships and external relationships on behalf of the BBC in Scotland and is sponsor of the BBC’s presence at the Edinburgh Festivals. She is a former head of Children’s and Gaelic services in BBC Scotland.