Selasa, 16 April 2013

James Harding named BBC News chief

James Harding the former Times editor has been confirmed as the BBC's director of news and current affairs and will be paid 340 000 a year.

The corporation said on Tuesday morning that Harding will replace Helen Boaden who becomes director of radio.

The ex Times editor will take up his post in August the corporation said. He will visit the BBC's New Broadcasting House in central London later on Tuesday.

Harding said in a statement The BBC's newsroom strives to be the best in the world trusted for its accuracy respected for its fairness and admired for the courage of its reporting. I am honoured to be a part of it.

The BBC said Harding's salary would be 340 000 and that his appointment followed an open recruitment process. His basic salary is the same as his predecessor Boaden but taxable benefits took her total income up to 354 000.

The Guardian revealed in February that the new BBC director general Tony Hall was talking to Harding about a role in news and the move was all but confirmed late on Monday night.

Hall said I am delighted that James will be joining as the new director of BBC News and Current Affairs. High quality journalism sits right at the heart of the BBC making this is an absolutely critical role.

James has a very impressive track record as a journalist editor and manager. I believe he will give BBC News a renewed sense of purpose as it moves away from what has been an undeniably difficult chapter. As an organisation the BBC will also benefit from his external perspective and experience which he will share as a member of the BBC's executive team.

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