BBC Scotland has named Donalda MacKinnon, formerly head of programs and services, as the broadcaster’s first female leader. She takes up her role with immediate effect.
As director of BBC Scotland, MacKinnon (pictured) becomes the region’s senior editorial figure, with responsibility for editorial priorities and strategies across radio, television and digital. She will be tasked with leading commissioning and production teams in the Scottish division, as well as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and all other teams that support content creation.
In her role as head of programs and services, MacKinnon helped to launch some of the pubcaster’s largest rating series, including Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Still Game, Two Doors Down, Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart, River City, Fair Isle and Scotland’s Game. Additionally, she has overseen partnerships and external relationships on behalf of the BBC’s Scottish division.
Previously, she served as head of Children’s and Gaelic Services at BBC Scotland.
MacKinnon sits on the board of BBC Children in Need as a trustee; serves as a board member of the Royal Television Society, Scotland; a BAFTA member; and is also on Skills Development Scotland’s, apprenticeship advisory board.
“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,” said MacKinnon in a statement.