Broadcasters departing

BBC Scotland sees exodus of long-serving staff

Gordon Brewer is among those leaving

A number of long-serving BBC Scotland presenters and reporters are leaving under new cost-cutting at Pacific Quay.

At least seven have accepted voluntary redundancy as the corporation seeks to cut its budget.

Gordon Brewer, who presents Newsnight Scotland and Sunday Politics, is leaving along with radio news anchors Bill Whiteford and Isabel Fraser.

Presenter and reporter Gillian Marles, together with news reporter Reevel Alderson, science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald and David Allison are also departing.

Political editor Brian Taylor has already announced his retirement, while Donalda MacKinnon, the director of BBC Scotland, steps down this week, and will be replaced on Monday by Steve Carson.

As announced in June, the BBC is axeing up to 160 jobs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to help save £50m across the nations over the next two years. 

Scotland and Wales will each cut 60 posts at a saving of £6.2m and £4.5m respectively, while Northern Ireland will shed up to 40 posts to save £3.6m.

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