|ITN Chief replaces Unsworth as new BBC CEO
ITN chief executive Deborah Turness has been announced as the BBC’s new CEO of news and current affairs.
Turness (pictured), previously president of NBC News from 2013 until 2017 and later President of NBC News International, has worked as CEO of ITN since April 2021.
Announcing the appointment on Thursday (6 January 2022) Turness said there has never been a greater need for the BBC’s powerful brand of “impartial and trusted journalism”.
She added: “It is a great privilege to be asked to lead and grow BBC News at a time of accelerated digital growth and innovation, when its content is reaching more global consumers on more platforms than ever before.”
Turness will replace Fran Unsworth who announced in September 2021 that she was leaving the BBC.
Unsworth, a previous President and board member of the Society of Editors, said it had been “a great privilege” to work for the Corporation.
She added: “I have had a ringside seat at some momentous events, including the Falklands War, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, wars in the Middle East, the death of Princess Diana, 9/11 and countless general elections.
“The jobs I’ve done have not always been easy. Undoubtedly, some were more fun than others. But I am proud to have done all of them – and to work for an organisation which has such a vital and precious role in the UK and around the world.”
Tim Davie, the BBC’s director-general, said he was “delighted” Turness was taking on the role.
“Deborah brings a wealth of experience, insight, first-class editorial judgement, and a strong track record of delivery,” he said in a statement.
“She is a passionate advocate for the power of impartial journalism and a great believer in the BBC and the role we play, in the UK and globally. She will do a brilliant job of leading our news and current affairs as we deliver on the BBC’s public service mission in the digital age.”