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Donald (Donny) B. MacLeod


1932 - 1984

Broadcaster. Born in Stornoway, the son of a shop-keeper, MacLeod studied in Glasgow and then at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, before returning to Lewis to teach art at the Nicolson Institute. A brief foray into politics saw MacLeod contest the Western Isles constituency as the Liberal Party candidate. Despite an electrifying campaign, he was not elected.

Although he was a successful teacher, he decided to join Grampian Television in Aberdeen as a reporter and became a feature of evening news broadcasts. He then moved to the BBC and became one of the presenters of the magazine programme Nationwide in 1970. However MacLeod is best known as an anchor of the Birmingham-based Pebble Mill at One, also for the BBC, where he gained the epithet as the Original King of Daytime Television.

A large man, known for his genial personality, MacLeod died of a heart-attack at the early age of just 52. His funeral took place in Bon Accord Free Church in Aberdeen.


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