BBC Scotland picks election PR official

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.

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