BBC News has announced that Jess Brammar has been appointed as executive news editor at News channels, and Paul Danahar has been appointed as executive news editor, World story team.
Brammar is an award-winning editor with wide-ranging experience in broadcasting. She has previously worked at the BBC, most recently as the acting editor of Newsnight, which won a number of RTS awards during her tenure. She started her career at the BBC’s Question Time and has also worked for ITN. Brammar was editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK until earlier this year. In her new role Jess will oversee the BBC’s two 24 hour news channels – BBC World News and the BBC News Channel.
Danahar is an Emmy and Peabody award-winner who is currently the BBC Americas bureau chief in Washington DC, running multi-platform news operations across North, Central, and South America. Before this, he ran BBC bureaux in the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia. He was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad Bureau Chief during the US-led invasion and is the author of a book on the Middle East.
Fran Unsworth, BBC Director of News, says: “I’m delighted to announce these two new appointments. Both Jess and Paul are outstanding journalists with proven track records. They’ll bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their new roles and I look forward to welcoming them.”
Brammar takes up her role this month and Danahar will start his in January.