MEDIA: Ledwidge lands BBC regional position

The BBC has appointed Bob Ledwidge as editor of its regional political unit.

Ledwidge, formerly director of broadcasting at Anglia TV, takes charge of 12 journalists supplying political packages to news outlets such as local radio and regional TV throughout England.

He replaces Julian Joyce, acting editor during the maternity leave of Kate Ironside, who has decided not to return to the post.

The Westminster-based team covers national and regional political and parliamentary news stories. Ledwidge said: 'We work closely with the network correspondents. Our output is a mixture of requests from regions and packages we originate, suggest and produce. We are a hub for political material.'

Ledwidge joined Anglia from the BBC as a current affairs reporter in 1987. In 1996 he became head of regional features and current affairs, then head of regional production and controller of press and regional affairs.

Ledwidge admitted he had wanted to return to the BBC. 'I was a bit removed from programming in my previous role,' he said.

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