Roderick Macleod

Video journalist, BBC Africa

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Roderick Macleod is a video producer and journalist working with BBC Africa’s newsgathering team. Previously he filmed, produced and presented content for BBC’s flagship show Africa Business Report. He is one of a handful of video journalists to have represented South Africa on this renowned international platform. At 31, he has covered multiple stories across the continent including in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia. At home he has won a South African Film & Television Award for his work as an editor.

“Growing up in South Africa in the 1990s it was easy to be sheltered from the true realities of the country,” says Macleod. “I found that through television, newspapers and radio I was exposed to the true occurrences in South Africa. The atrocities of the past, the heroes of our present and the difficulties we face as a nation.”

As a result, Macleod has followed the news intently and become entranced by local and African politics. He believes that South Africa is still very segregated, and inequality is pervasive, and that through journalism he has been exposed to stories and people he wouldn’t normally have been.

“There are so many talented and hard-working media professionals working in Africa who continuously inspire me,” says Macleod. “Most recently, during my time with the BBC, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with many of the finest journalists and video producers on the continent. People like Lerato Mbele, Milton Nkosi, Taurai Maduna and Christian Parkinson to name a few… all of whom I’ve learned a lot from in terms of professionalism, creativity and storytelling.”

One of Macleod’s best moments is when he managed to arrange some boats to take a team along part of the Niger Delta to film rigs and bunkering for a piece on oil.

“We were warned of kidnappings and violence in the area, so we went in with a mobile police unit and a private bodyguard,” says Macleod. “On arriving at the dock in Port Harcourt I quickly disembarked, expecting us to rush to the boats undercover to avoid any attention. A moment later I turn around to see our presenter being asked to take selfie pics, and our armed guard and bodyguard asking me to take snaps of them for their Facebook pics. The locals found it hilarious.” — Tamsin Oxford




Twitter: @RodMacleod