Mary Hockaday will take up a new role of Controller, World Service English, following a restructure of BBC News and Current Affairs.
Mary is currently Head of the Newsroom at the BBC, where she oversaw the creation of a multimedia newsroom at New Broadcasting House following many departments’ relocation from Television Centre.
She started at the BBC in the World Service, rising through the ranks to become Head of World Service News and Current Affairs.
James Harding, Director of News and Current Affairs said: “Mary has led outstanding cross-platform coverage of the biggest stories and has tirelessly led the newsroom with good judgment, keen intelligence and great integrity over the past five years. Under her leadership, the World Service will go on reaching new audiences and enriching the lives of listeners around the world and in the UK.”
The BBC says her new role will see her act as “editor, ambassador and champion” for the World Service Radio output which has a global audience of 42 million, and that she will take creative responsibility for the BBC World Service’s strategy.
Other changes announced as part of the BBC News restructure see Gavin Allen become Controller of Daily News Programmes – including running the teams which produce the Today Programme, The World At One, PM, The World Tonight, World Service English news and 5 live. He’ll also look after TV news bulletins and BBC Breakfast TV.
Jon Zilkha will become the Controller of 24/7 and Digital News – overseeing the BBC News Channel and BBC World News, the website, all digital services in English, and Radio 1 Newsbeat.
Fiona Campbell will be Head of Current Affairs, overseeing output on strands such as File On 4 and Assignment on radio and Panorama, Newsnight, This World and HARDtalk on television.