Alastair Borthwick Life and Accomplishments

Alastair Borthwick was a man of many talents. These talents were not just held back by one thing or even two things. Alastair was a master of three different things or trades and among these were writing, journalism, and broadcasting. He worked at these three different jobs throughout his career and life in general and worked to try and perfect all three trades. First off Alastair Borthwick was born in the country of Scotland and attended Glasgow High School as a young man. Borthwick soon after high school got himself a writing job, which would turn out to be his first of many. Borthwick in 1939 wrote the book, “Always a Little Further”, and this book from the time that it was published in 1939 up until the year we are currently in has been renowned as one of the greatest outdoor activities publications in Scotland in its history. This is a tremendous feat because not many can write a piece of literature that can stay relevant for over one hundred years. After his work was published World War Two began and Borthwick was enlisted in the Scottish military where he served as an intelligence officer. He was excellent at what he did in the military and was lucky enough to make it back home safe when the war had ended. When the war had ended Alastair had another book published that recounted his time in the war and the experiences that he gained from it. Then he began his career in broadcasting at the BBC. Then in the 1960’s Borthwick began his television career and appeared on Grampian TV where he would be on over one hundred episodes, which is incredibly impressive because to be on a show for that long and that often it shows that the viewers thought very highly of him and would always tune in to what he had to say during that particular episode. After he wrapped up his television career he and his wife moved out to the country to live out the rest of their days on a farm. Alastair Borthwick has been and will continue to be an inspiration to all.


Alastair Borthwick’s Significant Contributions to Media and Journalism

Alastair Borthwick lived a life many would envy. He was a diligent, tenacious hard working person. Born in spring of 1913, Alastair Borthwick lived a long and fruitful life up until autumn of 2003. During his lifetime, he tried his hand at journalism, broadcaster, and writing. He was part of the Second World War. He has written several books, which have become hallmarks of quality in the industry. 

Alastair Borthwick was a journalist that drew his inspiration from nature. This can be best noticed from his book, titled going a little further. Alastair Borthwick attended school at Glasgow High School. He, however, dropped out at 16. Soon after, he started working at Glasgow Herald, marking the start of a successful career. In a few years, he was promoted to the position of editor of some of the papers feature pages. 

While working on the papers Open-air segment, he came across the rock climbing sport that was quickly taking root in the area. He began writing articles about the game in the paper. His reports described the adventures of the people of Glasgow and Clyde bank experienced when venturing into the highlands mostly on the weekends. He was at one time able to snatch a job at the Daily Mirror but was able to go back to working in Glasgow at BBC radio as a radio presenter.

Always a little further was a \collection of the articles he had produced while working at Glasgow Herald. At the time, the approach the book had taken was uncommon, making the publishers nervous about publishing the book. T.S Eliot, one of the directors at the publishing company, insisted that the book be published. 

To the company’s surprise, the book became an instant hit. To this day, the book still has a considerable number of fans. After a brief stint in World War 2, Alastair Borthwick returned home and took up his career where he left off. Alastair Borthwick made significant contributions to media and journalism during his lifetime. For many years, to come, his work has been the basis of many decisions in the industry.


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