The BBC has appointed Fran Unsworth as its Director of News and Current Affairs.

BBC DG, Tony Hall, said: "The Director of News and Current Affairs is one of the most demanding of any in broadcasting. News is at the very heart of the BBC.  I am delighted Fran Unsworth is taking up the role. She brings a combination of excellent news judgement, authority, management knowhow, and the trust of her colleagues both in news and across the BBC."

Fran Unsworth said:“I am delighted to lead BBC News and Current Affairs. We are living through a period of significant change at home and abroad.  In a complex world, the BBC’s journalism matters more than ever. I am proud to lead a team of such dedicated and talented people.”

Unsworth will sit on the BBC’s Executive Committee and will oversee the BBC’s News and Current Affairs programming. She takes up the role at the start of the new year.
Unsworth was made Director of the BBC World Service Group in 2014 leading the BBC World Service, BBC World News and – as well as BBC Monitoring. Prior to her appointment to the World Service Group, she was Deputy Director of BBC News and Current Affairs.

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