Doug Morris is the new permanent managing editor of BBC Newcastle after 12 months covering in the role.
Doug was previously Assistant Editor at the station.
He joined the BBC as a trainee in 1987 and was part of the start-up team for BBC Radio 5 live in 1994, reporting on stories across the North of England for the network as well as international events including the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the fall of Slobodan Milosovic in 2000.
As a BBC North of England correspondent he also reported widely for Radio 4’s Today programme and the BBC News channel.
During his time as acting managing editor, Doug brought in ex-Magic presenter Anna Foster as the new presenter of the mid-morning show nearly a year ago and six months ago he introduced ex-Viz Editor Chris Donald to present a regular Saturday evening show called Chris Donald’s Soul Club.
Doug, who has lived in Hexham for the last 18 years, is delighted to take on the role and said: “This is the station I came to as a trainee many years ago. I’m incredibly proud of what the station has achieved over the last few years and am honoured to be asked to lead the best team in BBC local radio.”
Phil Roberts, Head of Region for the North East and Cumbria, added: “BBC Newcastle is an exceptional radio station and in Doug we have a fantastic editorial leader and programmer who will lead the station to the next level of continued success both in terms of radio and digital output.”