BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon is to stand down as the corporation's Scottish leader after four years in the role.

She told staff the time is right for her to leave after launching the new BBC Scotland channel in February 2019.

She said: “ It has not been an easy decision for me to leave this job but I am sure that this is the right moment for me and for all of us.

"Reflecting back on all that we have achieved, and with complete certainty that we are in strong shape for the future, I've decided that this is the right time for me to stand down and allow a new leader to take you all to the next stage."

The BBC’s director general Tony Hall and Nations and regions director Ken MacQuarrie praised Donalda’s contribution to the BBC and wider creative industry.

Tony Hall says: “Donalda has been a hugely valued colleague and friend. She has achieved an enormous amount in her time at the BBC and been a passionate advocate both for the BBC in Scotland – and for Scotland’s interests inside the organisation.

“And beyond that, as a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Donalda has used her warmth and openness to bring about changes to the whole organisation, designed to make the BBC a great place in which to work for women and all.

“We'll miss her – but we wish her a very happy retirement.”