BBC names Owenna Griffiths new editor of Newsround

The BBC has appointed Today assistant editor Owenna Griffiths as the new editor of children’s news bulletin Newsround.

Griffiths will take up the role next month, replacing Sinead Rocks who is moving to become an executive producer for BBC Current Affairs.

Before joining Radio 4’s Today programme, Griffiths worked on the BBC’s live political programmes and election coverage. She previously worked for Sky News.

BBC Children’s head of news Joe Godwin said in a statement: “It’s a key time for the programme and our website as we continue to open children’s eyes to the world around them.

“It’s already well on the way to being a real cross-platform news service for kids, and Owenna’s got some very exciting ideas.”

Newsround is broadcast on BBC1 at 5.05pm every evening, with additional bulletins on the CBBC digital channel alongside sister programme Sportsround.

Its audience has fallen in recent years following a daytime schedule change that shifted children’s programming earlier in the afternoon.

The BBC Trust found in a recent report that viewing figures were down 40 per cent between 2007 and 2008 as children did not get back from school in time to watch the programme.

But BBC1 controller Jay Hunt said last week that there were no plans to move the programme back to its original 5.25pm time slot.

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