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TITLE
Fred MacAulay at the BBC (1 of 4)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_FREDMACAULAY_11
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Fred MacAulay
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1629
KEYWORDS
Outer Hebrides
broadcasting
audio

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Fred MacAulay was born in Sollas, North Uist, in 1925. Educated at Inverness Academy and Edinburgh University, he went on to become Senior Gaelic Producer of BBC Scotland in 1964, and Manager of BBC Highland in 1979. An active campaigner for the continuation of the Gaelic language, he was one of the most distinguished Gaels of his generation and made a lasting contribution to Gaelic culture. He died in Inverness in 2003, aged 78. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in 1983, Fred talks to Sam Marshall about his work at the BBC.

Interviewer: When you joined the BBC there hadn't been anybody like you before?

Oh yes, there had.

Interviewer: Had there?

My predecessor was Finlay J MacDonald.

Interviewer: Did you face much of an uphill struggle, though?

Well any- anything in Gaelic in those days was an uphill struggle, quite straightforwardly because it was the - any minority interest is, in a large organisation like the BBC - and, you know, it's, it's not a myth that the old animosity between the Gael and the Scot has gone. It's still there in many ways and you can find it. You only need to scratch slightly beneath the surface. In fact, I found, quite frankly, that I could explain and make my case more readily, sometimes, to somebody south of the border than one from north of it. And that was certainly true in the first few years that I spent in the BBC

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Fred MacAulay at the BBC (1 of 4)

1980s

Outer Hebrides; broadcasting; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Fred MacAulay

Fred MacAulay was born in Sollas, North Uist, in 1925. Educated at Inverness Academy and Edinburgh University, he went on to become Senior Gaelic Producer of BBC Scotland in 1964, and Manager of BBC Highland in 1979. An active campaigner for the continuation of the Gaelic language, he was one of the most distinguished Gaels of his generation and made a lasting contribution to Gaelic culture. He died in Inverness in 2003, aged 78. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in 1983, Fred talks to Sam Marshall about his work at the BBC.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: When you joined the BBC there hadn't been anybody like you before?<br /> <br /> Oh yes, there had. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Had there?<br /> <br /> My predecessor was Finlay J MacDonald.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Did you face much of an uphill struggle, though?<br /> <br /> Well any- anything in Gaelic in those days was an uphill struggle, quite straightforwardly because it was the - any minority interest is, in a large organisation like the BBC - and, you know, it's, it's not a myth that the old animosity between the Gael and the Scot has gone. It's still there in many ways and you can find it. You only need to scratch slightly beneath the surface. In fact, I found, quite frankly, that I could explain and make my case more readily, sometimes, to somebody south of the border than one from north of it. And that was certainly true in the first few years that I spent in the BBC