Monday, January 22, 2018

Continuing re-invention

The BBC English Regions are getting a new boss, in the shape of lovable, soft-spoken Gaelophile Ken MacQuarrie, the Director of Nations and Regions.

This is a return to the way things were pre-the-Byfordian Journalism Directorate, which emerged under Greg Dyke in 2006. Director of News Fran Unsworth sheds responsibility for local tv output and local radio stations across England.

Current DG Lord Hall said “There’s one simple ambition behind the move. I want this talented group of staff to work together to shape what we do for communities across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. That’s an exciting prospect. It also means we can really start to re-invent local radio in England – and we’ll be appointing a single editorial head to lead those changes. Kenny will tell you more as we develop our plans in the coming weeks.”

I bet Radio & Education made a stab at wresting control of the Local Radio Stations

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