Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Editorial Standards and Compliance, BBC Scotland

Biography

Last updated August 2009

Alasdair MacLeod is Head of Editorial Standards and Compliance for BBC Scotland, based in Glasgow.

He advises programme-makers on the BBC's editorial standards and guidelines, and is responsible for developing and maintaining compliance policies across BBC Scotland's programmes and services on all platforms.

Prior to taking up his current post in January 2009, Alasdair worked in News and Current Affairs where he held a number of senior posts.

From 1999 to 2006, he was in charge of political output for BBC Scotland, based in Edinburgh, and then spent five months as acting Head of News and Current Affairs before becoming Executive Editor of News Programmes, responsible for BBC Scotland's main news strands, including Good Morning Scotland, Reporting Scotland, Newsnight Scotland and Newsdrive.

Alasdair joined the BBC in 1986 as a trainee journalist with BBC Radio nan Gaidheal in Inverness.

In 1987 he moved to TV in Glasgow as a researcher on the Gaelic current affairs programme Prosbaig.

In 1988 he went back to radio to work as a reporter for Radio nan Gaidheal in Stornoway, and then producer in News and Current Affairs at Radio nan Gaidheal, Inverness.

From 1990 Alasdair spent three years working as producer for BBC Radio Scotland News and Current Affairs, covering Good Morning Scotland, Newsdrive and weekly programmes.

He was promoted to senior producer in 1993, and from 1994 he was Editor of weekly programmes and commissions for the UK networks.

In 1997 he edited Election Night, the General Election results programme on Radio Scotland, and Scotland Decides, the coverage of the devolution referendum.

He then spent a year working on the introduction of new technology projects across Scotland and in London.

In 1999 he was Editor of Election 99 before being appointed to set up the new Scottish Parliamentary Unit in Edinburgh.

Alasdair was born in Inverness in 1964. He was educated at Millburn Academy and Glasgow University where he gained a MA (Honours) in Politics.

He is married to BBC producer Catriona Murray, and they have three children.