Saturday 22 September 2018

BBC appoints Jamie Angus as director of World Service Group

He said he is keen to lead the way in the mission against ‘fake news’.

Jamie Angus
Jamie Angus

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Jamie Angus has been appointed director of the BBC World Service Group, replacing Fran Unsworth.

Angus joined the BBC in 1999 and has previously been the editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, as well as the acting editor of Newsnight and the editor of World At One and The World This Weekend.

The 44-year-old has been acting director of the World Service since the start of this year, after Unsworth was appointed director of news and current affairs.

Angus is currently deputy director of the World Service Group and editorial director of BBC Global News Ltd (GNL).

His new role will see him lead the corporation’s global news services the BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com, along with BBC Monitoring.

Angus said: “It’s a great honour to be appointed as World Service Director. There’s never been a greater need globally for the BBC’s independent, creative and engaging news services.

“With the expansion to 41 language services, we are already reaching new audiences everywhere; our English services on TV radio and online remain the gold standard for international news.

“With global concern growing about disinformation, ‘fake news’ and media literacy, the World Service Group has never been in a stronger position to show the way forward.

“We spot the stories, see the patterns and make sense of the world for our audiences. I’m very pleased to be able to lead that mission in the coming years.”

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Fran Unsworth (BBC)

Unsworth said Angus “brings huge editorial and leadership expertise to the director role”.

She added: “He has a clear and strategic vision for the future of the World Service Group – both editorially and for our commercial services.

“The BBC World Service plays a unique role for the BBC, for Britain, and across the world, and I am confident it has an exciting future under Jamie’s direction.”

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