Jay Hunt, editor of the BBC’s Six O’Clock News, is to spend six months in regional daytime television, writes Sarah Boden.
Hunt, above, who has edited the bulletin since 2001, becomes an executive daytime producer at BBC Birmingham next month, where she will be responsible for programmes such as Call My Bluff, Trading Up and Big Strong Boys.
She takes over from Lindsay Bradbury, who goes on maternity leave.
Hunt’s temporary replacement on the Six O’Clock News will be Amanda Farnsworth, currently editor of BBC Four News and a former assistant editor of Newsnight and Panorama.
BBC insiders said the move was seen as an opportunity for Hunt to broaden her remit.
She managed the relaunch of the Six O’Clock News, replacing anchor Huw Edwards with Sophie Raworth and George Alagiah.