BBC News has promoted Paul Royall from deputy editor to editor of BBC One’s News at Six and News at Ten.
Royall has been deputy editor of the programmes for four years and has also been an executive producer of BBC News: The editors and an assistant editor on the bulletins.
After starting his career in newspapers, Royall went on to work for ITV Meridan, BBC News 24 and BBC Breakfast, where he was deputy editor, before joining Six and Ten.
He starts his new role next Monday, 22 July, and replaces James Stephenson, who has been appointed head of BBC world news and deputy head of the BBC newsroom.
Royall said: “I’m thrilled to be asked to lead these outstanding programmes. Their quality and consistency are evident every day. They are the most watched, with our audiences central to what we do.
“We also head into an exciting new phase. Established in our new home in Broadcasting House, I want to retain what we have, but also build and develop for the future. In a fast moving world, the bulletins remain key for our audiences, and I will ensure they continue to strive for outstanding and original coverage.
“We are fortunate to have brilliant presenters and correspondents. They are supported by an unrivalled production team – which is creative, energetic and determined. I’m sure what lies ahead will produce unbeatable programmes for our audiences, reflecting the best of BBC News and its values. It really is an exciting time to be taking over.”
Head of the BBC newsroom Mary Hockaday said: “Paul will bring his deep editorial experience and television production flair to BBC One's flagship news bulletins in their new studio in Broadcasting House. He has a clear vision to showcase the very best of BBC journalism for BBC One audiences and increasingly provide great content for audiences on digital platforms too. He will be unstinting in his desire to bring out the best of BBC News.”