MEDIA: BBC promotes Cooper to health position

The BBC is expanding health coverage across its terrestrial and satellite channels.

It has promoted Glenda Cooper to be health correspondent of BBC News 24. Cooper, currently a reporter on the rolling news station, will take up her role next month.

Her remit will take in the stories that health correspondent Gill Higgins used to cover. Higgins is increasing her work on the main terrestrial news bulletins, in particular the One O'clock News, which leaves her limited time for other reporting commitments.

'I have moved over to do programmes, and that is taking me away from being on News 24,' Higgins confirmed. She has been with the BBC for five years, reporting on a variety of consumer health issues, including the MMR vaccine controversy.

Like Higgins, Cooper will be based in the social affairs unit, under editor Niall Dixon.

Cooper was a trainee at The Independent in 1994, rising to health and social affairs correspondent before moving to the Daily Mail as a feature writer. In 2001 she worked for The Washington Post and joined BBC News 24 last October.

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