As Director of the BBC World Service Group Francesca has overall editorial and managerial responsibility for BBC World Service Group (she took up post on 8 December 2014).
This includes the BBC World Service, BBC World News Television Channel, the BBC's international facing online news services in English, BBC Monitoring Service, BBC World Service Group and BBC Media Action (the BBC's international development charity).
As Director of the BBC World Service Group Francesca leads more than 2,500 journalists and support staff based in 113 countries delivering over 83,000 hours of content each year, reaching a global audience of 256m each week. She is a member of the Executive Team.
Last updated March 2015
Francesca Unsworth was appointed Director of the BBC World Service Group on 8 December 2014. In this role she leads the BBC's global news services - BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com/news - as well as BBC Monitoring, and chairs the BBC's international development charity, BBC Media Action. The BBC's global news services have a weekly audience of 265m.
Fran also continues to act as deputy to the Director of News and Current Affairs and sits on the BBC’s Executive Team.
Fran began her journalistic career in 1980 in BBC Local Radio, joining Radio 1's Newsbeat. She spent some time as a network radio producer in Washington DC, and later joined Radio 4's The World At One and PM.
Fran was appointed the BBC's Home News Editor and then, in 2001, Head of Political Programmes. In 2005 she became Head of Newsgathering, running one of the world's largest newsgathering operations with bureaux across the world.
Between November 2012 and August 2013 Fran was the BBC's Acting Director of News and Current Affairs. Prior to her appointment to the World Service Group, she was Deputy Director of BBC News and Current Affairs.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £216,000
These details were last updated in March 2015 when Francesca Unsworth's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct of 30 September 2016.
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Francesca Unsworth had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10
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