Shukman named Science Editor
David Shukman has been appointed to the new post of BBC Science Editor.
As well as reporting science stories, with context and analysis, he will work with science programme makers across the BBC.
The role is designed to enhance the Corporation's science coverage and was created following a recommendation in an independent review of science output, published by the BBC Trust last year.
Currently Environment and Science correspondent, Shukman has made a dozen trips to the polar regions in recent years. He also covered the launch of the last space shuttle and reported from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
Previously Northern Ireland reporter as well as Defence correspondent and World Affairs correspondent, Shukman joined the BBC in 1983.
'His ability to make complex scientific issues accessible will be a great asset in this new role and ensure that our audiences get the most out of the BBC's science coverage,' believes Fran Unsworth, head of Newsgathering.
The new position was advertised externally, with 'the wider BBC science community' involved in Shukman's selection.
Shukman says: 'The science story has never been so compelling and I'm delighted to be given this opportunity to lead our reporting and analysis of it.'