Saturday, November 12, 2016

Merry-go-round 3

Congratulations to Mark Hedgecoe, newly appointed Head of BBC Factual, Scotland. He will also have some form of pastoral care ('a broader non-editorial leadership role') of all BBC Studios activity in Scotland.

Mark, 48, went to Eagle House, prep school for Wellington, where there's too much information to choose from. He won Victor Ludorum of the Middle School, shooting medals, played No 8 at Rugby, etc, as well as finding time to play The Dragon King in Where The Rainbow Ends, and The Mikado in the G&S entertainment of the same name. Thence to Durham University, and a BBC traineeship.

London-based in tv science, history and other documentary production, he moved from the shadow of QPR to the countryside north of Glasgow a couple of years ahead of the Scottish referendum. Housed not far from Duntreath Castle, he's a trustee of the Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust. He's been acting Head of Arts in Scotland, which may or may not mean that he's responsible, pastorally at least, for Alan Yentob - who can tell ?

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