Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme Ceri Thomas has been given the new responsibility of Deputy Director of News as Helen Boaden and Steve Mitchell step aside.
The temporary changes, which also sees Head of Newsgathering Fran Unsworth become Director of News, come as a single chain of command is being established to deal with all output at the corporation.
The BBC said: To address the lack of clarity around the editorial chain of command, a decision has been taken to re-establish a single management to deal with all output, Savile related or otherwise Helen Boaden has decided that she is not in a position to undertake this responsibility until the Pollard review has concluded. During this period.
“In line with this decision, Ceri Thomas will act on a temporary basis as Deputy Director in place of Stephen Mitchell.”
It was announced on Saturday that BBC Director of Audio and Music Tim Davie has been appointed as Acting Director General of the BBC following George Entwistle’s resignation.
Ceri was appointed Editor of Today in March 2006. He started his broadcasting career in 1989 as a producer of AM at LBC Radio. He then joined the Today programme as a junior producer in 1991, progressing to Assistant Editor under Roger Mosey from 1995.
Ceri then moved to Radio Five Live as Breakfast Editor and eventually the Head of News for the station.
We’ll keep you up-to-date with how the on-going BBC situation affects radio here at RadioToday.co.uk – and you can watch this developing story unfold at the BBC live blog.