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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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John Boothman appointed Head of BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs

John Boothman

BBC Scotland has appointed one of Scotland's most experienced journalists, John Boothman, as Head of News and Current Affairs.

John Boothman has worked in a variety of senior roles within news and current affairs over a 26-year career at the BBC and has been particularly involved in the production of political programming following the establishment of the Scottish Parliament.

Latterly he has been Editor of Newsgathering, and among his credits during that time was winning RTS Scoop of the Year for 2010, as producer of the story which detailed the release of Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. He also executive produced the BAFTA Scotland-nominated Wasted Nation documentary and debate programme in 2009.

During his previous roles as Editor of Elections and Political Output, he oversaw coverage and result programmes of four Scottish elections, three General Elections and two European Parliament elections, along with annual coverage of Scottish party political conferences.

He was also editor for a number of high-profile TV specials including the Royal Openings of the new Scottish Parliament and produced Reporting Scotland for several years.

Taking over from Atholl Duncan, John will take up his new appointment immediately and will also join the BBC Scotland Executive Board.

"This is a hugely interesting time for news and current affairs in Scotland and I'm looking forward to ensuring that BBC Scotland continues to deliver it across all our platforms and for all our audiences," said Boothman.

Announcing the appointment, BBC Scotland Director Ken MacQuarrie said Boothman is a journalist of integrity and great experience. "I know under John, BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs will continue to lead the field in the provision of breaking news and analysis."

BBC Director of News, Helen Boaden, also welcomed his appointment: "John is a very experienced journalist with a superb track record. He has a deep understanding of audiences in Scotland and will bring great skill and passion to this role."


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