Lucio Mesquita, Head of Regional & Local Programmes, BBC West


Last updated July 2007

Lucio Mesquita is the BBC Head of Regional & Local Programmes for the West of England.

He was previously based at the BBC World Service in London, where he was the Head of Americas and Europe, responsible for the BBC's operations across radio, online and video in ten languages, including radio for the United States.

Lucio joined the BBC in 1991 as a producer at the Brazilian Portuguese language service after working for local and national media in Brazil.

Four years later, he moved to the World Service News & Current Affairs team as a producer, followed by promotion to Editor for flagship programmes such as Newshour.

In 1998 he moved back to Brazil in order to become the first ever BBC bilingual reporter in São Paulo, returning to the UK in 1999 to work on launching the World Service's 24-hour radio news service.

After a brief stint back with the Brazilian Service as its director, Lucio became Head of the Americas region.

This included English language output for North America through a partnership with Public Radio International and WGBH Boston; English language output for the Caribbean; Spanish for Latin America and Portuguese for Brazil, all with radio and online presence.

Working with three major 24/7 online languages, in the Americas and Europe region, Lucio has been involved with the development of video content as well as partnerships with media and community players.

Lucio says: "I am delighted to be working with the team at BBC West which has a reputation for innovation across all platforms.

"At a time when we are seeing the end of easy distinctions between what's local or global in our daily lives, I am looking forward to providing an even stronger and relevant service to licence fee payers across the region."