New role for Scotland boss

MacQuarrie to ensure BBC represents all viewers

BBC ScotlandKen MacQuarrie, director of BBC Scotland, is to lead the corporation’s strategy for coverage of the UK outside London.

He has been promoted to director of nations and regions and will be responsible for shaping its approach to serving licence payers with relevant information in a devolved Britain.

Mr MacQuarrie will sit on the BBC’s new executive committee and starts his role immediately.

The job involves editorial responsibility for all of the content produced by the BBC’s nations and reegions teams.

In a statement, the BBC said he will also be responsible for identifying savings so that more money can be released for content. This suggests cutbacks in administrative roles.

Director general Tony Hall said: “Serving them well is vital for the BBC and a key part of the new Charter.

“There is no one better than Kenny to get this right. He is a supremely able leader and manager and is hugely respected, not just within the BBC, but outside as well. I know he’s the right person to give the nations and regions a strong voice across the BBC.”

Ken MacQuarrie says: “I’m looking forward to beginning this new role. I know how much audiences value the BBC reflecting their own communities.

“We want to represent and report all corners of the UK and everybody should feel that the BBC offers something for them. I’ll enjoy championing our excellent nations and regions teams at the top table.”

Mr MacQuarrie will be based “outside of London”.

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