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
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.