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
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.