BBC News announces two new senior appointments

BBC News has announced the appointment of two senior executives—a new Head of Newsgathering and Managing Editor.

Jonathan Munro is to be Head of Newsgathering, in charge of the day-to-day activity and deployments of all journalists working to network news based at home and abroad. Previously Deputy Editor at ITV News, he brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Munro said: “I am immensely excited to be joining BBC News and facing new challenges in one of the most respected news operations in the world. I am privileged to be joining many of the highly talented journalists who I have come to know and admire in many years of friendly competition out on the road.”

Keith Blackmore is appointed to the newly created role of Managing Editor of BBC News, with responsibility for managing and negotiating contracts for senior journalists and presenters, editorial projects and career development for journalists. He was previously Deputy Editor at The Times.

Blackmore said: "I am excited and pleased to be joining the BBC. I come with respect for its commitment to the highest standards in journalism, with admiration for the quality of its work and with enthusiasm at the prospect of working with people across News and Current Affairs.”

James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “I’m delighted that Jonathan and Keith are joining the BBC. We are lucky to have them. Jonathan has an exceptional range of experience and a huge reputation in broadcasting – and as a competitor he has given us a run for our money more often than we would have liked. When I left The Times I said that all the good things that had happened while I was there were chiefly Keith’s doing. I know that he will bring to the BBC his sound judgment and gift for bringing out the best in people.”

Both appointments are expected to come into effect after the New Year.

DTG Staff  |  29.11.2013

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