Callum Macrae

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Callum Macrae
Callum Macrae at Chatham House 2013.jpg
Macrae at Chatham House in 2013
Occupation Journalist, film maker and writer

Callum Macrae is an award-winning film maker, writer and journalist currently with Outsider Television, which he had co-founded with Alex Sutherland in 1993. He lives in England.


Callum Macrae grew up in Nigeria and Scotland. He studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art for five years, was a dustman for two years, ran a pirate radio station for six months and was a teacher for seven years. He was a member of the Official Edinburgh Festival’s governing Council and President of Edinburgh and District Trades Council.


For two years he produced a weekly satirical cartoon strip for the Times Educational Supplement. He then became a full-time writer working initially for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Scotsman, The Herald and The Guardian. He joined The Observer as Scottish correspondent, where he stayed for three years winning the Campaigning Journalist of the Year award in 1992.[1]

Film maker[edit]

In 1992, he moved into television, presenting and reporting on Channel 4's weekly magazine programs Hard News, and investigative legal series The Brief. With Alex Sutherland, he co-founded Outsider Television in 1993. Outsider Television went on to produce several documentaries for various television channels, including Dispatches, Enemies Within and Sri Lanka's Killing Fields for Channel 4, Witness and People in Power for Al Jazeera and Panorama for the BBC.[2] Sri Lanka's Killing Fields won the Current Affairs - International category of the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards 2010/2011, won two One World Media Awards and earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination.[3][4]

Major works[edit]

Several of his documentaries were investigations on war crimes.

Apart from war documentaries, he has directed documentaries on other subjects such as on sex workers and child wedding practice among Romani people in Romania.

See also[edit]

Lies Agreed Upon


  1. ^ "Callum Macrae". Outsider Television. 
  2. ^ "Callum Macrae: Biography". BBC News. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Television Journalism Awards 2010/2011". Royal Television Society. 
  4. ^ "RTS television awards hat-trick for Channel 4 News". Channel 4 News. 23 February 2012. 

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