BBC Scotland set to drop popular presenter from topical radio show

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BBC Scotland Chiefs are to drop one of their most popular presenters from a top current affairs radio show.

Ken MacDonald, who presents the Sunday morning radio show Headlines, is to be replaced by Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale and a former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson.

The news was partially revealed by online magazine Bella Caledonia who revealed Dugdale’s involvement yesterday.  News that Andrew Wilson would join the Labour MSP emerged later.

A BBC Scotland insider later told Newsnet Scotland that the reports were true but said no official memo had been circulated by management at Pacific Quay.  Newsnet Scotland has asked BBC Scotland to comment.

The news will come as a shock to many listeners who tuned into McDonald’s show after he replaced former presenter Derek Bateman.  The programme, which reviews Sunday morning newspaper headlines is the only radio programme on the BBC to include non traditional online output.

News of McDonald’s departure follows a difficult week for the BBC as it faces possible strike action following a decision to sack top presenter Gary Robertson.

The corporation is also reeling from claims it is operating an anti independence agenda in its news output.