Weather presenter’s reign comes to an end

BBC Scotland’s weather presenter, Heather Reid, is to leave, after 15 years working on the flagship TV news programme, Reporting Scotland.

Over the last few years, ‘Heather-the-Weather’ has split her time between working at BBC Scotland and working as a science communicator and it is this latter aspect to her career that she is about to concentrate on.

A Trustee at the Glasgow Science Centre and a recipient of an OBE, three years ago for services to physics, she is to take up a number of opportunities in science and education, including various projects with Learning and Teaching Scotland relating to the new national curriculum for excellence.

In a statement issued by BBC Scotland, Heather is quoted, saying: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Reporting Scotland and will greatly miss my BBC Scotland colleagues. However, over the past few years, I have found it increasingly difficult to balance my science education work with my role as BBC Scotland weather presenter. 2010 brings exciting and challenging times in education and I’m looking forward to becoming more involved.”

Added head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland, Atholl Duncan: “Heather has become a national institution over the past 15 years.”

Heather’s last weather broadcast on Reporting Scotland will be a week on Tuesday.