December 15, 2017 Last Updated 8:57 am

Fran Unsworth appointed as the BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs

Unsworth began her journalistic career in 1980 in BBC Local Radio, joining Radio 1’s Newsbeat

LONDON, UK — December 15, 2017 — The BBC is pleased to announce that Fran Unsworth has been appointed as the BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs following an open competition.

Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, says “The Director of News and Current Affairs is one of the most demanding of any in broadcasting.

“News is at the very heart of the BBC. I am delighted Fran Unsworth 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.”

Fran Unsworth says: “I am delighted to lead BBC News and Current Affairs.

“We are living through a period of significant change at home and abroad. In a complex world, the BBC’s journalism matters more than ever.

“I am proud to lead a team of such dedicated and talented people.”

Fran will sit on the BBC’s Executive Committee and will oversee the BBC’s News and Current Affairs programming.

She takes up the role at the start of the new year.

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