MacDonald to head up public affairs for SMG

Gaelic speaking programme-maker Rhoda MacDonald has bagged the top public affairs job at Scottish Media Group’s television division.

Gaelic speaking programme-maker Rhoda MacDonald has bagged the top

public affairs job at Scottish Media Group’s television division.



The appointment comes as speculation mounts that SMG Television will

either bid for HTV, which Granada must sell following the United News

and Media merger, or that Carlton Communications will make a play for

the company, which owns two ITV licences.



MacDonald takes up the newly-created post at SMG next week, after a

four-year stint as network controller for factual programmes.



The Hebridean islander served as head of Gaelic programmes for six years

before running factual. Last year she won SMG its first ever Bafta

award, for After Lockerbie on the tenth anniversary of the air

disaster.



The company is also behind shows such as Taggart; and it owns Ginger TV,

which makes The Priory.



In her new role MacDonald will report to director of marketing, Malcolm

MacMillan. She will also work closely with group corporate affairs

director, Callum Spreng, and television MD Donald Emslie.



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