Fred MacAulay – Broadcaster, Comedian & Presenter
Born in Perth, Scotland in 1956, Fred attended Killin Primary, Rattray Primary, Blairgowrie High School and Perth Academy.
He went on to study at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA Degree in Accountancy in 1978. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from Dundee University in 2006.
Fred started out in the world of stand-up comedy at the age of 31, and soon became the first ever Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.
He then made his television presenting debut in Scottish Television’s The Funny Farm.
He quickly became a major force on the UK comedy circuit and made successful appearances on some of the country’s top TV programmes such as Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over, and as team captain on Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment and The Best Show In The World… probably.
Fred has also successfully featured and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland. He co-hosted the very popular travelling chat show McCoist & MacAulay which was networked throughout the UK.
He has also co-hosted Life According To Fred, Hoots, and Simply Fred. He has been presenting the event filled and really funny Fred MacAulay Show – now MacAulay And Co – on BBC Radio Scotland since June 1997.
He also holds positions outside BBC Scotland. He was Rector of Dundee University and is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.
Fred is always in great demand as an after-dinner speaker, host and awards presenter. This work has taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, United States, Iceland, France and Spain. He has entertained the troops in Iraq. In 2007 he accepted the biggest challenge in his comedy career by entering the Comic Relief Does Fame Academy show
Happily married with three children, Fred’s interests include: comedy, radio, skiing, golf, theatre, cinema and, of course, his family!
Cat Shearer – News Presenter for BBC Scotland News Team, Presenting both the Morning and Evening News.
She had previously worked for the BBC in London and Wales but her work has not always been in the news room. In Wales she co-presented Sports-time for the BBC and with her passion for music, she has been and still is, involved in numerous music radio programmes.
On top of her news presenting, Catriona also presents the Vic Galloway show and New Music Zone for the BBC. She loves to attend music festivals and live gigs and is always on the lookout for new and exciting music that she can feature on the programmes.