BBC Scotland Director Donalda MacKinnon is to stand down as the corporation’s Scottish leader after four years in the role and 33 years with the broadcaster.

Speaking to staff at the BBC Studios in Pacific Quay, MacKinnon said: "Reflecting back on all that we have achieved, and with complete certainty that we are in strong shape for the future, I’ve decided that this is the right time for me to stand down and allow a new leader to take you all to the next stage.”

"It has not been an easy decision for me to leave this job, a brilliant team and the best colleagues and friends I could have wished to have… but I am sure that this is the right moment for me and for all of us."

The BBC’s Director General Tony Hall 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.”

Nations and Regions Director Ken MacQuarrie said: “Donalda’s passion for programme making, particularly from and about Scotland, has always shone in the many different parts of the BBC she’s worked in. She’s continued to champion this in both English language and Gaelic output in her role as Director of BBC Scotland, while also bringing her vision, empathy and a real resolve to pushing culture change within the organisation.”

MacKinnon said she’d planned from the outset when taking on the Director’s role that she would leave this year when she turned 60. "It will be a milestone year for me and I’m keen, for family and personal reasons, to get some time back."

The search for a successor will begin immediately and MacKinnon will remain in post until the autumn to allow for a smooth handover.

The first female Director of BBC Scotland, MacKinnon was formerly Head of Programmes and Services (radio, television and digital) and prior to that, headed up Children’s and Gaelic services. She has also overseen partnerships and external relationships on behalf of the BBC in Scotland and has been sponsor of the BBC’s presence at the Edinburgh Festivals.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she completed a post-graduate diploma and began her career as a teacher before joining the BBC.

She is a member of BBC Nations and Regions Board, Chair of BBC Scotland Executive Board and a former trustee on the board of BBC Children in Need. Industry body membership has included Royal Television Society, Scotland and Bafta. She has sat on the Skills Development Scotland, Apprenticeship Advisory Board and has served on third sector boards as a governor as well as a school board chair.

Staff Reporter

Share this story

Share Televisual stories within your social media posts.
Be inclusive: is open access without the need to register.
Anyone and everyone can access this post with minimum fuss.