Kevin Bakhurst appointed BBC Newsroom deputy head

Kevin Bakhurst, controller of the BBC News Channel and the News at One, has been appointed as the deputy head of the BBC Newsroom.

Bakhurst, who will continue in his current role in addition to his new tasks, replaces Craig Oliver who was appointed controller of BBC Global News’ English services last month.

In his new role, Bakhurst will take on management of on-demand services and deputise department head, Mary Hockaday.

Bakhurst, who will take up his new post on 17 May, was appointed controller of the BBC News Channel in January, 2006, before which he edited the Ten O’Clock News.

In addition, the BBC has also appointed its Newswire editor, Sam Taylor, as head of editorial development.

Mary Hockaday, head of the Newsroom, said: “Kevin Bakhurst and Sam Taylor are first class journalists and leaders.

“I am delighted that they will play a key role in shaping the BBC’s newsroom and in ensuring we maintain the high editorial standards for which the BBC is known.”

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