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Award marks a lifetime in journalism

Veteran journalist Martin Macdonald is to receive the prestigious Barron Trophy in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in journalism.

The broadcaster and writer, who began his career more than 40 years ago on the Inverness Courier and Oban Times, will receive the award from Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball on Friday, February 6.

First donated in 1950 by the late Evan Barron, a former editor of the Inverness Courier, the award recognises excellence and outstanding service to journalism in the Highlands and Islands over a long period.

Martin began his journalism career as the Skye correspondent of the Inverness Courier and Oban Times, before going freelance.

In 1965 he joined the BBC in Glasgow as a Gaelic producer, working in radio and television.

He then spent two years freelancing in Glasgow before he rejoined the BBC in Aberdeen as editor of the current affairs programme Northbeat.

He moved to Inverness in 1976 and, with the exception of a two-year spell as manager of BBC Highland, has worked as a freelance journalist/broadcaster ever since, providing a weekly column for the West Highland Free Press between 1971 and 1984.

He is currently writing a series of historical features for the Press & Journal in Aberdeen and BBC Scotland radio.

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