BBC appoints director of nations and regions

BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie (pictured) has been tapped as the BBC's new director of nations and regions, with responsibility for enhancing the pubcaster's content offering across the UK.
September 23, 2016

BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie has been tapped as the BBC’s new director of nations and regions, effective immediately.

Based out of the corporation’s London offices, MacQuarrie (pictured) will be responsible for enhancing the pubcaster’s content offering across the UK with oversight of its regional offices across the country.

In addition, he will be tasked with taking on editorial responsibility for all content generated by the BBC’s nations and regions teams, while also identifying savings in the department so that more funding can be released for content creation. He will also sit on the BBC’s new executive committee.

Directors from across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regional hubs in the North, Midlands and South West will now report into MacQuarrie.

MacQuarrie moves into the role following a July restructuring of the BBC’s senior leadership team that saw Anne Bulford and Charlotte Moore promoted to deputy general director and director of content, respectively.

The BBC will now begin on the process of replacing MacQuarrie as director of BBC Scotland, a role he began in 2009.

Prior to this, he served as controller and head of programs at the Scottish division of the BBC. MacQuarrie first joined the pubcaster as a researcher in 1975.

“From the Isles of Scilly to Shetland there are some great stories to be told,” MacQuarrie said in a statement. “We want to represent and report all corners of the UK and everybody should feel that the BBC offers something for them.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.