Media: Mosey appoints new TV editors

Roger Mosey, the BBC’s new head of television news, has appointed three managing editors in a move which has cut the management layer beneath him by two-thirds.

Roger Mosey, the BBC’s new head of television news, has appointed

three managing editors in a move which has cut the management layer

beneath him by two-thirds.



Mosey, previously acting director of continuous news and controller of

Radio 5 Live, was made head of television in December, as part of a move

away from the BBC’s policy of bi-media reporting.



He has now appointed a deputy, Rachel Attwell, to run BBC News 24,

commercial channel BBC World and digital channel BBC Parliament. Attwell

is currently deputy controller of TV news channels, and was managing

editor of BBC World.



Attwell was one of nine managers in TV news whose jobs were abolished

earlier this month when Mosey announced that he was cutting managing

editor roles from nine to three, and reshuffling their responsibilities.

Managing editors sit between journalists and senior management. They

will help share the administration with Mosey and be responsible for

strategic direction.



Phil Longman, until now head of production for Continuous News, which

includes News 24, 5 Live and World, and Peter Knowles, managing editor

at World, are also keeping their jobs. Longman has been made managing

editor for BBC1 and BBC2’s news output. His past jobs include home

editor for the BBC and launching Radio 5 Live.



Peter Knowles will be managing editor for News 24 and World. He has

experience as a producer on the Nine O’Clock News and as a TV journalist

in the newsrooms in Leeds and Manchester.



The five who have not been found jobs in the new structure are: Tim

Orchard, controller of news channels; Chris Birkett, managing editor of

production on News 24; Margaret Dudy, managing editor on News 24 and

World; Malcolm Balen, executive editor of television news; and John

Barton, executive editor of TV current affairs. A sixth managing editor

post was empty.



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