BBC World Service Group Director Fran Unsworth has been appointed as the corporation’s new Director of News and Current Affairs, replacing James Harding in the New Year.
After starting her career in BBC Local Radio in 1980, Fran went on to work as a journalist at Radio 1’s Newsbeat and Radio 4’s The World At One before moving into management. She has been Home News Editor, Head of Political Programmes, Head of Newsgathering and Deputy Director of BBC News and Current Affairs. For the last three years she has been in charge of the BBC’s global news services.
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, which includes BBC Local Radio and news output on network radio stations.
James Harding has previously announced he’s leaving the corporation to set up his own media company.