Donalda MacKinnon announces she’ll leave BBC Scotland in autumn

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Donalda MacKinnon plans to stand down from her prestigious post at BBC Scotland.

By Democrat reporter

The head of BBC Scotland announced today that she plans to stand down from her post.

Hebridean-born, fluent Gaelic speaker Donalda MacKinnon became the broadcaster’s first female leader in Scotland when she was appointed to the job four years ago.

Responsible for editorial content for online, radio and television, she oversaw the creation of the new BBC Scotland TV channel and news programme The Nine.

She added: “It will be a milestone year for me and I’m keen, for family and personal reasons, to get some time back.”

MacKinnon Donalda.jpg 4Ms MacKinnon, a former teacher, has been with the broadcaster for 33 years and is a former head of children’s and Gaelic services.

BBC director general Lord Hall, who has announced he will step down from his role, said: “Donalda has been a hugely valued colleague and friend.

“She has achieved an enormous amount in her time at the BBC and been a passionate advocate both for the BBC in Scotland and for Scotland’s interests inside the organisation.

“And beyond that, as a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Donalda has used her warmth and openness to bring about changes to the whole organisation, designed to make the BBC a great place in which to work for women and all. We’ll miss her – but we wish her a very happy retirement.”

The corporation said the search for a successor will begin immediately.

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