Frieda Morrison is one of Scotland’s best known broadcasters who is renowned for her insight into the working world of the countryside – its people the culture and the environment.
She began her broadcasting career with the BBC Education Department in Edinburgh writing and producing pre-school children’s programs. After two years working with writers, actors and poets, she joined the BBC countryside unit in Aberdeen where she produced and presented the Farming programme on BBC Radio Scotland for five years – reporting on topics as diverse as Chernobyl and the Nicaraguan Land Revolution. From farming, Frieda turned her attention to the wider issues affecting the countryside including access and the environment. She produced and presented BBC Radio Scotland’s outdoor/environment programme OUT OF DOORS for ten years, during which time she produced and presented numerous features including the ever-popular series with gamekeeper Archie Davidson.
Frieda moved from the countryside issues to focus on the horticultural world and finished a fourteen-year stint in 2009, producing and presenting the popular Gardening Programme on Radio Scotland, which attracted thousands of listeners around the world and was acclaimed in the press as the gardening programme that attracted the most non-gardeners in the UK.She has gained recognition and numerous awards for her features and documentaries on both Radio and Television – including a ‘Green Bafta’ and a New York Radio Award.
Her television documentary programme on the changing face of farming and the culture in the North East of Scotland TROUBLED FIELDS earned her the reputation as one of the country’s leading documentary makers. The music for the programme was based on Frieda’s album of the same name. The Radio documentary on the same theme for BBC Radio Scotland was called A SENSE OF TIME and was hailed as one of the most significant documentaries to come out of Scotland.
On the musical front in 2012, Frieda was appointed ‘Artist in Residence – Scots Language and Song at the School of Celtic and Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University. Her musical focus was mainly on the internationally renowned Greig-Duncan collection from the North East of Scotland. And her Scots Language focus has developed into the creation of ‘Scots Language Radio’ which Frieda produces and presents with support from Creative Scotland and the Scots Language Centre. Frieda’s album MORVEN is a collection of ten of her own songs from her last two albums TROUBLED FIELDS and FLYING BY THE SUN.