Louisa Compton appointed Newsbeat Editor
BBC Radio 5 live daytime editor Louisa Compton is the new editor of Newsbeat, replacing Rod McKenzie.
Louisa currently looks after Victoria Derbyshire, Shelagh Fogarty, Richard Bacon and the Saturday Edition programmes from Salford but will move to Radio 1 in London.
She’s edited programmes which have won three Sony Radio Academy Golds as well as awards from the Association of International Broadcasters, Mind, Amnesty and Audio and Music.
During her time at 5 live, she’s launched the lunchtime programme and Saturday Edition, and worked on some of the station’s biggest events. Previously she worked at BBC Three Countries Radio in Luton.
Louisa says: “I’m really excited about joining Newsbeat and 1Xtra, working with such a talented group of people. I hope to build further on its reputation for strong original journalism tailored for a youth audience. I’m also looking forward to exploring new ways of innovating and making an impact.”
Acting Newsbeat editor, Kevin Silverton, will continue with his full time role as Head of News for BBC Asian Network.
Head of BBC News Programmes, Ceri Thomas, says: “The next few years will be some of the most exciting Newsbeat and 1Xtra News have ever seen as they really make their mark in the mobile and social worlds alongside their radio output, and we’re delighted that Louisa Compton has agreed to take charge of them through this time. Louisa is one of the outstanding journalists of her generation in the BBC: a great story-getter and programme-maker, and a genuine innovator. Newsbeat and 1Xtra are in the best hands we could hope to find.”
The position became available after Rod McKenzie was moved to a new job at BBC local radio.