Vice Appoints Former BBC Executive as Head of U.K. News Operations

Neil Breakwell, Vice News - H 2016
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Neil Breakwell was deputy editor of the BBC's flagship news program 'Newsnight.'

In yet another sign of Vice's increasing challenge to traditional media, the media company has hired a senior BBC executive to head up its U.K. news operations.

Neil Breakwell, who was previous deputy editor of the BBC's flagship Newsnight program, on Thursday was named London bureau chief for Vice News.

In the role, Breakwell will oversee Vice's news gathering across Western Europe, some of which will be aired on Viceland when it begins its European rollout.

The news comes just days after a series of layoffs were made at Vice News, including three members of the U.K. editorial team and several more in the U.S. Vice said there would be new hires in the coming weeks across editorial and production, including multi-platform journalists deployed across digital and TV.

"I’m thrilled to be joining Vice News at one of the most dynamic and exciting times in journalism," said Breakwell, who starts in July. "Vice’s unique and visceral style of storytelling on subjects that matter to an often underserved audience along with their ambitious plans for the future made this an opportunity I couldn’t resist. I’m looking forward to building on its already impressive record of outstanding reporting, compelling video and puckish commentary."