One of the most experienced broadcasters in Scotland has been axed by BBC Scotland as part of its cost-cutting exercise.

Inverness-based Iain MacDonald, 62, who has been described as Radio Scotland’s voice of the Highlands, has been told that after nearly 34 years with the corporation his post is going.

The National Union of Journalists said it was deeply concerned that Mr MacDonald, who as union spokesman had been prominent in the fight to save 17 journalists’ jobs in Scotland, was going to lose his own.

Mr MacDonald said: “Just as the BBC was announcing it had appointed a man one year younger than me (Tony Hall) to be Director General, at £450,000 a year, I got a phone call from Glasgow to say I was being sacked.

"I have to go down to Glasgow next week when I will be told why I am losing my job. I think I will keep my powder dry until then, but I will be appealing.”

Yesterday, other casualties of the cost-cutting were made public, including Seonag Mackinnon, the experienced education correspondent; Colin Wight, the Aberdeen-based correspondent; business correspondent Waseem Zakir; Bill Whiteford, the long-established presenter and ex-editor of the afternoon current affairs Newsdrive programme on Radio Scotland; political reporter Sarah Paterson, and reporters Nina Macleod, David Allison and Nuala Napier will also depart.

A BBC spokesman said then: "It is true some have been through our 'selection for retention process' and have been unsuccessful. However, that doesn't mean they are to be sacked. They will go into a redeployment pool to see if there are other suitable posts available."