The man whose vision is 'crystal clear'

Gary Smith: BBC Scotland's new Head of News and Current Affairs Gary Smith will start his role as BBC Scotland's Head of News and Current Affairs in the new year

Announcing Gary Smith as BBC Scotland's new Head of News and Current Affairs; Ken MacQuarrie, BBC Scotland Director, was unequivocal in his welcome: "We had a top-class field to choose from but Gary's vision and ambition for where he wants to take BBC Scotland News in future was crystal clear."

Explaining this vision, Gary said: "First of all, I am very keen to focus on not just one platform ahead of others but to share content across the different platforms we provide our news on, whether that is TV, radio, the web or social media.

"Content is at the centre of what we do and the best journalism has to be spread across all our platforms as much as possible to ensure we reach the biggest audience.

"We also have to ensure our journalism is relevant to our entire audience.

"That means different content in different places. Younger people get their news differently from the way we have traditionally delivered news in the BBC. So connecting with a younger audience through social media is crucial. We have to keep abreast of developing platforms."

In his current job as UK News Editor for BBC News, Gary runs the home newsgathering team across the UK. His previous BBC roles include Editor, Political News and Assistant Editor on the Nine O' Clock News. He also worked as a programme editor and senior political producer at Channel Four News.

He said: "I've a passion and commitment for providing accurate, clear, informative, honest journalism with integrity and impartiality and, after 30 years in broadcast journalism, this is the job I've always wanted."

Gary also intuitively understands the importance of Scottish political reporting at this crucial juncture in the nation's history:

"The story of Scotland in a devolved UK is one of the most important themes of this decade. Reporting and analysing this with insight, accuracy and impartiality for audiences both in Scotland and the rest of the UK is one of the biggest challenges faced by the BBC now and in the coming years."

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