BBC Scotland has appointed a dedicated official to manage press and
publicity for its general election coverage.
Arvind Salwan joined the BBC two weeks ago. His remit includes news and
current affairs, sport, Gaelic programmes and BBC Radio Scotland
He succeeds newly-promoted press office manager Roy Templeton in the
After a two-year stint as an associate producer in news and factual
programmes for Scottish TV, Salwan moved to the Forestry Commission's
head office in Edinburgh. A four-year spell there ended when he joined
the Scottish Qualifications Authority as PR manager. Two years there led
him to the BBC job.
'This is an exciting time to join BBC Scotland, not just because of an
imminent general election but also because of the wider public appetite
for current affairs and greater demand for programme choice across all
genres,' Salwan said.
Although details are sketchy and the BBC has yet to finalise its
broadcasting plans for the expected election on 7 June, it is likely to
include Newsnight's Kirsty Wark in a presenting role. She anchored the
coverage of the 1999 Scottish parliament elections. Scottish political
editor Brian Taylor will play a key role in the separate broadcast north
of the border.
Election TV grandee Peter Snow will feature in London. The London
broadcast will be run by election coverage stalwart David Dimbleby along
with Jeremy Paxman and Essex University politics professor Anthony King.