Former Newsbeat editor Rod McKenzie gets local radio training job

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The former Radio 1 Newsbeat editor who was subject to an investigation over allegations of bullying is to become local radio development editor on a 12-month contract from April.

Rod McKenzie will replace Matthew Barraclough who returns to his former post as BBC Tees editor.

David Holdsworth, controller of English Regions, told local radio editors in an email (Ariel reports): "Rod is looking for a new career direction after recent events at Newsbeat. He will bring loads of experience and wisdom to the job at a time when we are keen to further sharpen our production and journalism.

"In recent years this opportunity has been offered to current [local radio] editors and I expect this will be the case again in the future, but I feel there is also a real advantage in having a different perspective for a year."

The job is a training role which does not involve any line manegement of staff.

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