Neil McIntosh is appointed managing editor for Online

interactive tv controller The Red Button reaches 14.5 million people in the UK every week

The BBC has appointed a new managing editor of its ten online products, which includes the BBC Homepage and Search.

Neil McIntosh, who comes from The Wall Street Journal, will provide strategic and operational leadership for BBC Online and the Red Button.

He will be responsible for making sure audiences get the best out of BBC content on its four screens - desktop, mobile, tablet and connected tv - and will have editorial oversight for all of them.

McIntosh said: 'As more and more people turn online for their news, information and entertainment, there's a huge opportunity to build on what BBC Online offers across four screens.

'I'm looking forward to helping the BBC add to its long track record of using the latest technology to engage with, and serve, its audiences.'

Ten products

BBC Online comprises ten products: BBC News, Sport, Weather, CBeebies, CBBC, BBC iPlayer, iPlayer Radio, Knowledge and Learning, Search and the BBC Homepage.

Ian Hunter, who previously worked as the managing editor of these products, left the BBC late last year.

Neil McIntosh Neil McIntosh will look after all ten of the BBC's online products

The post of managing editor and the editorial team (responsible for the BBC Online's homepage, search and central navigation services) moved from London to Salford, where McIntosh will be based.

He will report into Andy Conroy, Chief Operating Officer for Future Media and BBC Online.

Conroy said: 'This is one of the most challenging roles across BBC Online and BBC Red Button, providing strategic and technical leadership and driving collaboration across all digital areas of the BBC.'

The BBC's websites currently reach 24 million people in the UK every week, and 14.5 million through the Red Button.

Digital expertise

McIntosh was previously deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal's Europe edition, responsible for its digital and print editions. Previously, he launched WSJ.com Europe, leading it through rapid expansion and growth.

He has also worked as an assistant editor and head of editorial development for guardian.co.uk.

The new managing editor will start on April 2, the same day as incoming director general Tony Hall.

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