George Runcie

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George D Runcie was an important figure in the early days of BBC television in Scotland.

Early life

After graduating from Aberdeen University, Runcie served on the staff of the Aberdeen Press and Journal newspaper.

He was an officer in the Gordon Highlanders during the Second World War.

BBC career

In 1946 Runcie was appointed news assistant (or 'news observer') in the BBC's Glasgow newsroom.[1]

He worked in this role until around the end of 1947 when he was replaced by James Buchan.

He was also a talks producer.

In September 1953 he was appointed to the new post of Television Organiser, Scotland, after having produced two discussion programmes from Scotland for the television service. He replaced Aubrey Singer who had looked after Scottish television until transferring to the New York office of the BBC.[2]

In the summer of 1957 he was appointed 'Second Assistant Head of Scottish Programmes', with special responsibility for television output.[3]

In the 1960s his title was changed to 'Chief Assistant, Planning and Programme Services'[4] and later 'Chief Assistant, Planning and Finance'.

He retired in the spring of 1974.


  1. 'BBC appointment', Glasgow Herald, 26 March 1946, 4.
  2. 'BBC Scottish changes', Courier, 26 September 1953, 4.
  3. Minutes of 5 July 1957 meeting, Broadcasting Council for Scotland, BBC WAC R6/241/1.
  4. McDowell, 159.