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Blair Jenkins - former Head of News & Current Affairs, BBC Scotland

Blair Jenkins was head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland until 2006. He has since chaired the Scottish Broadcasting Commission which recommended the creation of a Scottish Digital Network.

One of Scotland’s most experienced broadcast journalists, he started his career as a reporter with the Evening Express in Aberdeen and was Young Journalist of the Year in the Scottish Press Awards in 1977. He joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1980 and worked as a Producer on the Nine O’Clock News before returning to Glasgow to produce Reporting Scotland in 1984.

Blair joined Scottish Television in 1986 and was successively Controller of News and Current Affairs, Head of Regional Programmes and then Director of Broadcasting.

He has been Chairman of BAFTA Scotland and a member of the Royal Television Society specialist committee on Current Affairs.

Born in Elgin in 1957, he attended Elgin Academy and then Edinburgh University where he graduated MA with first-class honours in English Language and Literature.

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