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BBC Scotland names Steve Carson as new director

Steve Carson helped to launch the new BBC Scotland channel last year.

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Steve Carson has been named as the new director at BBC Scotland (BBC/PA)

Steve Carson has been named as the new director at BBC Scotland (BBC/PA)

Steve Carson has been named as the new director at BBC Scotland (BBC/PA)

Steve Carson has been named the new director of BBC Scotland.

He will replace Donalda MacKinnon, who will step down later this year after four years in the role.

Mr Carson currently works for BBC Scotland as head of multi-platform commissioning, and helped launch the BBC Scotland channel.

He will lead 1,100 staff across 13 centres, producing English and Gaelic content for TV, radio and digital platforms.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I’m delighted to see Steve appointed to this important role.

“He brings with him a combination of excellence in programme making, leadership and the respect and trust of the staff.

“Steve set up the BBC Scotland channel brilliantly and I wish him every success in the future.”

Ken MacQuarrie, director of BBC nations and regions, said: “Steve has a wealth of experience from across the broadcasting industry and is hugely respected inside and outside the organisation.

“A passionate advocate of ambitious quality programming, Steve has an inspirational and exciting vision for the BBC in Scotland and I know he will embrace the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Mr Carson said he is honoured and excited to have the chance to lead the BBC Scotland team.

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Donalda MacKinnon will step down after four years in the role (Alan Peebles/BBC Scotland/PA)

Donalda MacKinnon will step down after four years in the role (Alan Peebles/BBC Scotland/PA)

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Donalda MacKinnon will step down after four years in the role (Alan Peebles/BBC Scotland/PA)

He added: “I’ve got a very hard act to follow in Donalda MacKinnon, an inspirational creative leader who has overseen a significant investment for Scotland including a new channel, the establishment of an advanced technology hub and an enhanced newsroom at a time of budget challenges for the BBC.”

Born and brought up in Northern Ireland, where his late father Tom was a respected journalist at the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Carson graduated from Manchester University before joining the BBC.

He has held a variety of roles, from youth and entertainment features to being a producer/director on Newsnight, Spotlight and Panorama.

He returned to Ireland in 1997 and later established the independent production company Mint Productions, which supplied the major broadcasters in the UK and Ireland.

A former vice-president of the European Broadcasting Union’s television committee and chairman of the RTS Northern Ireland, he is married to broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.

He will take up his new role in the autumn.

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