Arts presenter to quit show on BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Brian Morton is leaving the station – citing “personal dissatisfaction” as his reason for quitting.

His decision comes only weeks after his nightly arts programme was cut back by 30 minutes to accommodate increased news coverage.

BBC bosses had extended its afternoon flagship news programme, Newsdrive, from 90 minutes to two hours because of public demand.

Morton said: “It’s a sad situation, but I have no option but to go.”

He explained that the main reason for his decision to quit was a series of long-standing differences of opinion with his production team, which includes up to seven producers.

“We have been through various contortions to try to make things better, and I have never been short of ideas, but I am leaving due to irreconcilable differences. This is very much my decision, and I am very sad about it.”

The Brian Morton Show used to run from 5.30pm until 7pm.

Maggie Cunningham, head of BBC Radio Scotland, said: “Brian is an excellent broadcaster whose listening figures have gone up in line with those of the station as a whole, which is a credit to Brian and his production team.

“We wish him well and we hope it may be possible for him to work on other Radio Scotland projects in the future.”

By Hamish Mackay

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