BBC News appoints new head of comms

LONDON: BBC News has appointed Janie Ironside Wood as head of communications as the corporation strives to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Hutton Report. Currently director of communications at the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, Ironside Wood will take up the reins of her new post at the end of April.

LONDON: BBC News has appointed Janie Ironside Wood as head of communications as the corporation strives to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Hutton Report. Currently director of communications at the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, Ironside Wood will take up the reins of her new post at the end of April.

She will be responsible for communications and marketing in the department, which is still reeling from the fierce criticism of Lord Hutton and the subsequent exits of the corporation's chairman and director-general.

The Hutton Report, commissioned by the British government, was scathing in its criticism of the journalistic practices the BBC employed while covering the government's case for going to war with Iraq.

The BBC said the post was created a year ago as part of a wider move to reshape the department and that the new role was not a knee-jerk reaction to the Hutton Report.

'It's a great honor now to have the opportunity of working with the world's most respected news organization, and I look forward to being part of a dynamic marketing and communications team," Ironside Wood said.

"I will be sad to leave [BBC Worldwide] because it has been an exhilarating time working with [CEO] Rupert Gavin and the rest of the team," she added.

Ironside Wood joined BBC Worldwide in 1997 after working in broadcast PR. She led the external and internal communications teams for the company's global TV channels, magazines, and publishing businesses.

Before BBC Worldwide, Ironside Wood was chief press officer for ITN and head of press at GMTV.

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