In the week that the Royal National Mod is being held in Caithness, a former broadcaster is the Scottish Government’s new Gaelic Ambassador of the Year.
Skye-born, Inverness-based, Allan Campbell, joined the BBC in 1979 as a radio programmes producer and, apart from a break of 18 months to lead an economic development initiative in Skye, he remained with the BBC until 1991.
In 1985, he was closely involved with the launch of BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal with particular responsibility for news and current affairs output. He was manager of BBC Highland from 1986 until 1991.
Campbell has been involved in a wide range of community and Gaelic development initiatives over the past 30 years, including as a director of the Gaelic Arts Agency.
Seven years ago, he was the first chief executive of the Scottish Government-funded Bòrd Na Gàidhlig, set up to promote the Gaelic language – retiring three years ago. He has been a member of the board of Gaelic Media Services for the last six years.