Donalda MacKinnon, Director, BBC Scotland

Category: Disclosed Staff

Roles and responsibilities

  • Donalda is responsible for the strategic direction and for the programmes and services produced by Scotland.
  • She is responsible for an annual budget of c£125m and approximately 1000 staff based in 12 sites across Scotland.
  • BBC Scotland produces content, including Gaelic content, in all genres and across television, radio and online. It is the leading provider of news, current affairs and political coverage in Scotland.


Last updated January 2017

Reporting through the BBC’s Nations and Regions Division, Donalda MacKinnon became Director, Scotland in December 2016. Donalda has taken up her new leadership role for the BBC in Scotland as the BBC’s new Charter begins.

Formerly Head of Programmes and Services for BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon was the senior editorial figure with accountability for BBC Scotland content on radio, television and online. She also line-managed the Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She shared, with network colleagues, accountability for programmes and content commissioned from and made by BBC in-house and Independent Production teams for BBC UK network television, radio and online. She also set editorial priorities and strategies for Scotland in line with wider BBC strategy and led a team of commissioning and production Heads in BBC Scotland. Donalda oversaw Partnerships and external relationships on behalf of the BBC in Scotland and will continue to be sponsor of the BBC’s presence at the Edinburgh Festivals.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she completed a post-graduate diploma and began her career as a teacher before joining the BBC. She is an alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust and alongside continuous personal development has undertaken leadership training at Ashridge Business School and at Stanford Research Institute, California, USA.

She is a Trustee on the Board of BBC Children in Need and a member of the Skills Development Scotland, Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

Donalda recently qualified as a certified coach through the BBC’s externally accredited Coach Foundation course and is a member of the BBC’s Coach network.

She is married and has a daughter and twin sons (all in their 20s).

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £170,000

Total remuneration:£177,800

This information is correct as of December 2016.

Expenses and central bookings

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

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  • Donalda MacKinnon had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2016-17

Declaration of personal interests

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