Some credible and less credible runners and riders to follow Ken MacQuarrie as Director BBC Scotland...
Donalda MacKinnon, a native of the island of Harris, thence to Edinburgh University and Jordanhill College of Education, is Head of Programmes and Services - many would regard her as Kenny's No 2. Husband Seumas MacInnes, from Barra, is chef-proprietor of Gandolfi empire in Glasgow's Merchant City, and author of The Stornoway Black Pudding Bible.
Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor TV, BBC Scotland. No evidence of Gaelic.
Bruce Malcolm, educated Dumbarton and Glasgow University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Joined BBC Scotland in 1993, and helped screw together Pacific Quay.
Stuart Cosgrove, until last year Director of Nations and Regions for Channel 4 in Scotland, born in Letham in Perth, a Doctor of English from the University of Hull, boasting four honorary doctorates and professorships across the UK. Championned by Lesley Riddoch, which probably doesn't help. Currently co-presents Off The Ball on Radio Scotland, "the most petty and ill-informed football show on radio!".
John Nicolson, Hutchesons' Grammar School and Glasgow University, a former BBC presenter re-born, still riddled with self-doubt, as the SNP MP for East Dumbartonshire. It would be a pleasure to hear less from him, so I put him in this list.
Blair Jenkins, former BBC Scotland News boss, chief executive of "Yes" in the 2014 independence referendum. He brought on young Craig Oliver at STV. Needs to keep his hand in broadcasting til the next referendum.