BBC appoints Fran Unsworth as next head of news

From BBC - December 15, 2017

Fran Unsworth has been appointed the new BBC director of news and current affairs, replacing James Harding, who is leaving at the beginning of 2018.

Unsworth is currently director of the BBC World Service Group and deputy director of news and current affairs.

She started her BBC career in local radio, before moving to Newsbeat. She went on to become head of political programmes and then newsgathering.

After four years at the BBC, Harding is setting up his own news media venture.

BBC director general Tony Hall described the role as "one of the most demanding of any in broadcasting", saying he was "delighted she is taking up the role".

"She brings a combination of excellent news judgement, authority, management knowhow, and the trust of her colleagues both in news and across the BBC," he added.


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