Richard Porter, Controller of English, BBC World Service Group

Category: News Group

Senior Staff: News

  • Richard has overall responsibility for the editorial content and operations of BBC World Service English, BBC World News and the international BBC News website.

Biography

Last updated February 2011

Richard Porter is Controller of English at BBC World Service Group. He has overall responsibility for the editorial content and operations of BBC World Service English, BBC World News and the international BBC News website, bbc.com/news.

Formerly the Director of News Content for BBC World News, the BBC's commercially funded 24-hour international news and information channel, Richard was responsible for the editorial development of the channel and overseeing news content on TV and BBC.com/news.

Richard began his journalism career in local newspapers before joining the BBC in 1989. He worked for BBC Nations and Regions in Bristol, Newcastle and Leeds and, finally, Manchester, where he was News and Current Affairs Editor.

He joined BBC News 24 (now known as the BBC News Channel) in 1997, six months ahead of its launch, and edited weekend and breakfast programmes.

Two years later he was made Senior Editor of BBC News 24, responsible for 10 hours of news coverage every day.

In 2001, Richard was made Editor of BBC One's Breakfast programme and, during this time, covered major news stories such as the 2001 British General Election, the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and the Iraq war.

By 2004, Richard had joined BBC World News (then known as BBC World) as Editorial Director, overseeing its editorial strategy as well as all of its commissioning and scheduling.

In 2005, Richard became Head of News, taking responsibility for expanding and modernising the channel's live news output and became Director of News Content in December 2008.