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Former government adviser is BBC Scotland governor

LONDON - Downing Street has appointed a former government adviser, Jeremy Peat, to the BBC's board of governors as national governor for Scotland.

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Peat worked as an economic adviser in a number of government departments, including the Treasury, for more than 10 years until 1993.

Peat is currently group chief economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland and replaces Sir Robert Smith, who retires from the board at the end of this month after six years' service. Peat will also replace Sir Robert as chairman of the audit committee.

Michael Grade, BBC chairman, said: "Jeremy Peat will be an excellent representative of Scotland's licence-fee payers. His professional experience as one of Britain's leading economists will ensure his contribution to the board will benefit licence-fee payers throughout the UK."

Peat said: "As the BBC's long-term future is debated, I look forward to working with my fellow governors to ensure the corporation is strongly positioned to continue to deliver the quality broadcasting that the British public expect and deserve across the whole UK."

Peat, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, has been group chief economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland since 1993.

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