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BBC News Appointment 

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Deborah Turness has been appointed the BBC's new CEO of news and current affairs, replacing Fran Unsworth.

Turness was president of NBC News from 2013 until 2017, and later President of NBC News International. 

She previously worked as editor of ITV News, and since April 2021 she has been the CEO of ITN. 

In a statement, Turness said there "has never been a greater need for the BBC's powerful brand of impartial, trusted journalism". 

"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," she said. 

BBC director-general Tim Davie said: “I’m delighted Deborah Turness is joining the BBC as our CEO for BBC News and Current Affairs.

“Deborah brings a wealth of experience, insight, first-class editorial judgment, and a strong track record of delivery.

“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.”

The BBC said it had renamed the position from director to CEO to reflect its "ambition to continue to build the BBC's global news brand and continue to grow its news services".

6 January 2022                                            Back to the headlines

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