Janie Ironside Wood, chief press officer at Independent Television News,
is quitting to join BBC Worldwide.
Ironside Wood, who has been with ITN for almost two years, leaves the
news service before Christmas and will head up press and publicity
operations at BBC Worldwide early in the new year.
The BBC declined to comment on Ironside Wood’s appointment until it is
officially announced, but it is understood that it is a new post.
Ironside Wood will report to chief executive of BBC Worldwide Bob
Phillis. She will take charge of media relations and general PR activity
for its three units: television, publishing and learning Each unit has
its own press and PR functions but there is currently no facility for
co-ordinating the work of all three.
BBC Worldwide’s interests include Internet services, cable broadcasting
and satellite and multimedia ventures. Deals this year include licensing
100 episodes of EastEnders to Sweden’s Guldkanalen channel and the
planned launch of two television channels in India.