Scott leaves indelible mark on media industry

Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott (70), a luminary in the Namibian media industry and a revered figure in broadcasting, music and sports production, died on Saturday, 10 February in Falkirk, Scotland, after a long battle with a bacterial infection.

Before Namibia’s independence, Scott was a prominent broadcaster at the South West Africa Broadcasting Corporation’s English service, playing a pivotal role during the transition to the current national broadcaster, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

His contributions to the media landscape were profound, leaving an indelible mark on the industry through his work as an executive producer in the sports department and his memorable voice that graced the airwaves in the 1980s.

Aside from his professional achievements, Scott was also an accomplished musician, known for his violin performances in folk music ensembles, having shared the stage with David Bowie as part of the Scottish group JSD in 1972.

Tributes from colleagues, friends and family have flooded social media, reflecting the profound impact Scott had on those around him.

In a heartfelt tribute, NBC chief news and programming officer and general manager of Commercial Services Menesia Muinjo shares her memories and the impact Scott had on her career, and the broadcasting community at large.

She says she worked with Scott for about 33 years.

“Some of us (young reporters) were also just coming to the industry. We really learned a lot from him,” she says.

Remembering the daunting experience of presenting the news alongside Scott – a veteran journalist whose presence initially intimidated her – Muinjo says these moments turned into invaluable learning experiences.

“It was great to sit next to him because he was a veteran journalist and sitting next to him boosted my confidence.”

Muinjo emphasises how Scott’s mentorship extended beyond the news desk, teaching her the intricacies of pronunciation, programme packaging and the importance of clear communication.

“It’s very unfortunate. I know we all will be going there (death) but he did his part. It’s unfortunate that we only recognise or talk about people when they are already gone,” she says.

“It is not just a personal loss, but a loss for us all.”

Scott’s legacy, as remembered by Muinjo, extends far beyond his professional achievements, touching on the personal connections forged in an era where camaraderie within the industry was more pronounced.

“The media workers use to come together on Fridays and have a braai and some drinks, and just socialise – get to know one another. Not sure if that is still the case nowadays.”

Genna Grové, Lindsay’s daughter, shared a heartfelt message: “Dear daddy, You were very loved in Namibia, your home away from home. There will always be a piece of you here in Namibia in me. Regrettably, I am mourning you twice. The father I dearly loved from afar. And the father I was never fortunate enough to know. Rest well daddy. Love, your dearest darling daughter.”

Maria Davel-Wallis reminisces about Scott’s passion for music: “Dear Lindsay… Here’s something I made for you… I remember so well the day you showed me the record in the library… I have witnessed your love and passion for your music.”

Andrew Mark Weir remembers Scott’s humility and wit: “Always introduced as the man who played violin with David Bowie. Lindsay Scott personally didn’t like to talk about it… It is with much sorrow that I heard of Lindsay passing away, I will always miss his quick tongue and sharp wit. My heart goes out to Nuala. RIP x.”

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