Sian Kevill, director of BBC World News, to leave

Sian Kevill, the director of BBC’s loss-making World News channel, is to leave the corporation after 24 years.

Her post is one of several abolished as part of the restructuring of the BBC’s global news division announced earlier this month by Peter Horrocks, director of global news.

Kevill was appointed director of BBC World News in December, 2008. In the role she was responsible for the overall editorial direction of the channel and for driving its commercial success.

She decided not to apply for a new role, the BBC said today, and instead seek “new opportunities outside the BBC”.

Kevill joined the BBC in 1986 as a TV producer rising through the ranks to become the first female editor of Newsnight – a post she took up in 1998 and continued until 2002.

Peter Horrocks, director of BBC Global News, said: “Sian has had an outstanding track record at the BBC.

“As director, BBC World News, she has charted the channel through an exceptionally challenging period, ensuring both its editorial quality and its robust commercial performance. I’m very sorry to see her go and I wish her every success in her future.”

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