Peter Rippon to oversee news archive

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Peter Rippon has taken a step back from broadcasting to oversee the creation of an online archive of BBC journalism.

As editor, BBC Online Archive - a new role - he will develop and lead the BBC's Journal of Record initiative, which aims to publish a television and radio news bulletin from every day of the BBC's 80-year history. This will include live news broadcasts, coverage of key events and scripts.

Previously editor of Newsnight, Rippon returned to the BBC in January having 'stepped aside' while the Pollard inquiry was conducted.

The review judged that Rippon made a 'bad mistake' when he decided to drop an investigation into allegations of abuse by Jimmy Savile.

He was also found to have made factual errors in a BBC blog posting, published in October, which explained his decision to abandon the report.

Rippon, a former PM and World at One editor who took the helm at Newsnight in 2008, will start his new London-based job on Monday.

He will report to Andy Conroy, chief operating officer for Future Media and BBC Online, who said the role was a 'significant challenge' requiring 'an experienced leader and editor'.

'This is an exciting opportunity to build a public record of the BBC's world-leading television and radio journalism on BBC Online over 80 years,' he added.

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