The field of broadcast journalism has a significant impact on society. It involves the production and distribution of relevant information that affects people. In the land of Britain, mainly, Scotland, there once lived a famous legend, Alastair Borthwick. He is remembered primarily in his different books which remain vintage in the profession. He was a journalist, author, and broadcaster who brings out a broad outlook in Scotland in his work and sets its historical timeline.
A brief biography of Alastair Borthwick
The late hero was a native of Rutherglen. He was brought up in Troon and later in Glasgow where he enrolled for his high school education. At the age of 16, he left school to work on ‘Glasgow Herald.’ He was initially tasked with collecting copies from reporters who mailed in and later became the editor of some featured pages.
He first became involved in climbing scenes and hillwalking at Glasgow during his involvement with the paper, ‘Open Air.’ He boosted this work with his articles related to working class people in Clydebank and Glasgow into the highlands.
One major step in his career occurred when he got a job at the ‘Daily Mirror.’ This was in Fleet Street back in 1935. The lifestyle in London was not appealing, and he was back in Glasgow within a year, he was now working at BBC radio as a reporter.
Alastair Borthwick was also involved in writing various pieces. Among his written collection, for the Glasgow Herald, was ‘Always a Little Further.’ It obtained its publication in 1939 by the Fabers. Though they doubted the unconventional approach used in the book regarding the wealthy man’s sport, one of its directors, T.S. Eliot’s insistence made its production and continued printing possible.
During the advent of the Second World War, Alastair Borthwick was selected to be an intelligence officer in the 5th Battalion. He was then asked to write about the Battalion history after which it was published in 1946. After the war, Alastair and his wife Anne relocated from Glasgow to Jura. While at BBC broadcasting, he practiced fishing and crofting. In his 60s, he produced many programs for Grampian TV. Mr. Alastair met his death in 2003 while in a nursing home.