BBC Appoints Jim Gray as Head of TV Current Affairs

BBC director general Tony Hall
BBC director general Tony Hall
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LONDON – Jim Gray has been appointed BBC head of TV current affairs and deputy to the head of news programs, a freshly created post from the ongoing changes being rung by director general Tony Hall.

Gray, a former Channel 4 news editor and most recently editor of the ITN-produced news bulletins for the last 14 years, comes in to oversee the news operations in the wake of the public broadcaster's decision earlier this year to rename BBC News Group to BBC News and Current Affairs.

Gray will begin work in the summer, reporting to the BBC News head of programs Ceri Thomas, under the recently hired news director and former Times of London editor James Harding.

Gray's appointment is part of the BBC's ongoing recovery from the fallout of the Jimmy Savile scandal and its handling.

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Gray's watch will include daily and weekly current affairs programs, investigative journalism and major interview programs including flagship brands such as Panorama and Newsnight.

Newsnight was found to have dropped a report about sexual abuse allegations against late BBC host Savile.

The fallout from Savile also saw Hall appointed after George Entwistle quit amid the Savile scandal fallout after only 54 days in the post.

Gray's role will be devoted to helping drive editorial across the department.

He will work closely with Clive Edwards who it was announced earlier in the year will become commissioner for U.K. current affairs.

Gray expressed "delight" at joining the BBC "in this exciting new role."

Added Gray: "I am really looking forward to working with the team to pursue great journalism which is both ambitious and high-impact."

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