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BBC Names Deborah Turness as CEO of News and Current Affairs




The BBC has appointed ITN chief executive Deborah Turness as its CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs.

Turness, who takes on one of the most high-profile news roles in the U.K., takes over from Fran Unsworth who will exit the Beeb at the end of January.

BBC boss Tim Davie said: “Deborah brings a wealth of experience, insight, first-class editorial judgement, and a strong track record of delivery. She is a passionate advocate for the power of impartial journalism and a great believer in the BBC and the role we play, in the UK and globally. She will do a brilliant job of leading our news and current affairs as we deliver on the BBC’s public service mission in the digital age.”

Turness added: “In the U.K. and around the world there has never been a greater need for the BBC’s powerful brand of impartial, trusted journalism. It is a great privilege to be asked to lead and grow BBC News at a time of accelerated digital growth and innovation, when its content is reaching more global consumers on more platforms than ever before.”

As CEO of BBC News, Deborah will have responsibility for a team of around 6,000 people, broadcasting to almost half a billion people across the world in more than 40 languages. Recent figures show that eight out of ten U.K. adults use BBC News every week.

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