Monday, April 25, 2016

Good Nick

Congratulations to Nick Sutton, elevated from editorship of The World At One/The World This Weekend, to the first Editor, BBC News Mobile and Online. Nick joined the Today programme as a researcher, more or less straight from a BSc in Economics (Government) at the LSE in 1997, became editor of The World At One in 2010, and has been part of BBC News' boss James Harding's hunt for the Future of News since 2014.  Last year he raised concerns inside the BBC about Alan Yentob phoning presenter Ed Stourton about Kids Company issues ahead of a broadcast.

In terms of digital credentials, Nick started tweeting screengrabs of the front pages of the national newspapers in early 2011, with the hashtag #tomorrowspaperstoday "just to see what happened". The papers send the BBC (and others) pdfs from around 8pm. He's now got 106,000 followers, and the service has become a global essential, with a rota and all that.

He'll need a few more sharp and equally cost-effective ideas to hone the BBC's current offerings; we are also apparently weeks away from a definitive list of what the BBC will stop doing in the online world.

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