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Zycinski quits station

BBC radio head quits as changes planned

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BBC Scotland: radio head leaving (photo by Terry Murden)

BBC Radio Scotland chief Jeff Zycinski is to leave the station as it prepares to focus only on news and sport under plans announced last year by incoming director Donalda MacKinnon.

Ewan Angus was brought in as multi-platform commissioning editor and Pauline Law as head of the production division.

In an email to staff MrZycinski said he was leaving to allow MacKinnon and Angus to make progress with their plans for a new commissioning and production structure.

He wrote: “The BBC’s emphasis on contestability between in-house and independent suppliers – especially now in this multi-platform environment – doesn’t allow for a traditional Head of Radio with responsibilities for both production and commissioning.

“For me, therefore, this seems like a very good time to look for other opportunities. It’s been said that you can’t discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, so that’s why I’ll be pursuing those opportunities outside the BBC.

“I’ll be saying goodbye in January or February and in the meantime I’ll continue to steer through the existing commissions and deal with all the regular station management and scheduling issues.”

He added that listening figures were “the highest they have been for many years” and the schedule featured new on-air talent, new formats and with successful innovations in visualisation and social media.

He added: “I’m absolutely confident that BBC Radio Scotland has a great future ahead and that the opportunities afforded by multi-platform working will mean exciting times for everyone. As for me, after a 24 year stretch at BBC Scotland, I feel I’ve done my time and am grateful for my forthcoming parole.”

He joined the BBC in 1992 and has been head of Radio since January 2005.


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