In the picture above you see me interviewing Lothar de Maizière, the only democratically elected prime minister of East Germany, serving for 6 months only until reunification on 3/10/1990.
My mission statement:
“Being balanced and impartial is very important, but in a world of post-truth politics, journalism has a duty to debunk claims that are misleading. There is no truth without context.”
“Journalism and languages have one thing in common: They give you the keys to the town.”
A BBC correspondent and shoot-edit or video journalist in my day job, based in the Scottish Highlands, but also reporting from Europe. Contributed self-shot and edited pieces to the BBC News Channel and to Reporting Scotland on BBC 1, as well as doing lives for BBC Radio Scotland e.g. about Brexit and from the Paris terrorist attacks. Interested in international current affairs having previously studied European and International Law at Humboldt University, Berlin and just finished an MA in International Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University. Also lecturing tv journalism and documentary film at Edinburgh Napier. Having to keep my views to myself at the moment though, due to the impartiality required in my job. Also a volunteer director of Oban Hospice Ltd in charge of communications.
- first in our department to campaign for and get a work smart phone which is now standard
- first in our department to have used the smart phone to record a tv news piece when my camera failed
- first in our department to have an official twitter account
- first to use WMT live tv broadcast equipment, when our technical operators claimed no live facility was available
A language junkie – fluent in English, German, Spanish, Scottish Gaelic, French and Italian and getting by in Portuguese, Russian and Irish. “Fernweh” is a great German word describing the pain in the longing to travel again. Wanting to capture more of it in photographs and audio podcasts for this blog including the culture and folklore.
Honoured to be president of a cultural organistion – the Taynuilt Gaelic Choir – and a proud winner of the Oban Times Gold Medal for Gaelic singing. Enjoying Scottish ceilidh dancing as well as Salsa, Rock and ballroom dancing. Hold a BA (Hons) in Gaelic Language and Culture and am a Gaelic language tutor qualified in teaching according to the Ùlpan and total immersion methods having previously taught at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Writing a monthly bilingual column for the Scottish Catholic Observer in Gaelic and English. Ecumenism and Interfaith relations as well as the history of Christianity in Scotland are among my favourite subjects. Volunteering with SCIAF – the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund as a parish representative.
Honoured to have won a few awards:
Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2009
Scottish Press Awards runner-up for a submission of three articles of my column in the Scottish Catholic Observer.
Highlands and Islands Gaelic Media Award 2009
Won the first prize for a submission consisting of a piece of radio news on Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, an item of tv news produced as a video journalist and an edition of the European current affairs programme Eòrpa, which I researched.
hier&there Journalism Award, 2011
Won the second prize presented by the German Embassy in London for a half hour programme on Eòrpa, researched and presented by myself.
Highlands and Islands Gaelic Media Award, 2013
Won the first prize for a submission of three pieces for An Là, the news programme on BBC ALBA. One of the entries was an ‘as live’ from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC
The way that Andreas quickly made contacts in an area of the country that was completely new to him was impressive. He regularly found off-diary stories and features that were of high quality. He always made an effort to bring a human element to his work – a reflection of his ability to foster good relationships with contacts. He is a skilled videojournalist and broadcaster who works well on his own and as part of a team.
What more to say…a German , a Berliner, studies in Scotland, learns Gaelic and now teaches it and broadcasts in this language. There are very few people who have achieved that which will tell you everything about Andreas´ attitude… to reach a target !
Editor, Scottish Catholic Observer
Andreas Wolff is a talented, informed and professional journalist who cares deeply about his work and is a pleasure to work with.
Andreas interviewed me and others in relation to our work with our local woodland charity. He has also been in contact about other stories. I found Andreas at all times courteous, professional and easy to deal with. Furthermore, any output of his I have seen appears to provide a balanced view of sometimes contentious issues, which means I would not have any hesitation in working with him again.
I am happy to recommend Andreas.