BBC's Donald Steel takes new chief communications adviser role

The BBC has promoted current head of press Donald Steel to a new role as chief communications adviser.

Promotion: Donald Steel

Reporting to director of communications Ed Williams, Steel will provide strategic counsel on comms issues, including advising on the BBC's response during times of reputational crisis.
In addition he will work with the corporation's senior communicators on the positioning and handling of major announcements.
Steel has also been appointed as the first associate fellow of the BBC Academy.   
He has been head of press and previously chief press officer since 1989. He has managed the media response to stories such as the murder of Jill Dando and the Hutton Inquiry.
He will begin some of his new duties immediately but will remain in his current post while a successor is found.

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