BBC appoints Clive Edwards to new TV current affairs role

The BBC has appointed Clive Edwards to the new role of executive editor and commissioning editor for TV current affairs.

The new position has been created as Karen O’Connor, formerly acting head of current affairs, moves to become the new head of London factual.

Edwards, currently editor of The Money Programme and a former deputy editor of Panorama, will take up the role at the end of the year.

Clive Edwards joined the BBC in 1993 as a producer on Panorama, where he was deputy editor from 1995 to 2001. Prior to joining the BBC he was a producer on Thames Television’s This Week.

Helen Boaden, BBC director of news said: “I’m delighted that a journalist of such experience and ability as Clive Edwards will be leading Television Current Affairs. His rock solid journalistic credentials, creative flair and commitment to serving all audiences will continue the very good work of the department.”

The restructured TV current affairs department is part of the BBC’s Creative Future plan, announced by director-general Mark Thompson in October. BBC News & Current Affairs are set to close between 475 and 490 jobs over the next five years, offset by some job creation and redeployment.

In a further shake-up, the London Factual department has announced the appointment of 14 executive producers. It has also moved from five studios to one single department.

Four of the new executive producers will act as specialist leads – including Jane Aldous who will oversee documentaries. The remaining posts are creative leads and include Andrew Cohen, the current editor of Horizon.

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