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Restructure of BBC News Board

February 11, 2021

Director of BBC News Fran Unsworth has announced a restructure of the BBC News Board to deliver more value for audiences and better reflect the way BBC News will work in future. These changes are part of an ongoing restructure.

Five posts will be closed, and there will be three new roles:

Jonathan Munro will become Senior Controller, News Content and Deputy Director of News: responsible for the production of the journalism that supports the BBC’s news programmes and platforms. This includes the new multi-skilled Story Teams at the heart of the new operating model. Jonathan will also deputise for the Director of News and Current Affairs on all editorial issues.

Jamie Angus will become Senior Controller, News Output and Commissioning: responsible for the commissioning and delivery of news and current affairs output across TV and radio. This will include news output for BBC World News and World Service English.

A further role will be advertised shortly – Senior Controller, News International Services: responsible for our global strategy, World Service Languages, BBC Monitoring and BBC Media Action. Mary Hockaday, currently Controller of World Service English, will fill this role in the interim.

Overall, Board membership has been reduced from eleven to eight people. The remaining Board members are: Fran Unsworth (Director), Naja Nielsen (Digital Director), Alan Dickson (Chief Financial and Operating Officer), Kirsty Lee (interim HR Director) and Sarah Ward-Lilley (Managing Editor).

The changes announced today will come into effect in March.

They form part of the plans to modernise BBC News first set out last year – to respond to changing audience behaviour, increase the impact of BBC journalism and meet the BBC’s savings targets. A further update on the wider plans will be announced soon.

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