Liz Gibbons moves to BBC Global News

Liz Gibbons Liz Gibbons will commission content for BBC World News

Former deputy Newsnight editor Liz Gibbons has been appointed as commissioning editor at BBC Global News.

She was acting editor of Newsnight when the programme broadcast an item on November 2 that led to former senior Conservative politician Lord McAlpine being wrongly linked to child abuse.

The report resulted in the resignation of the then BBC director general, George Entwistle, and the corporation paying more than £185,000 to Lord McAlpine after a libel settlement was agreed.

Gibbons will commission programmes and content for BBC World News and its website

The BBC says she was chosen as the best candidate after an open process for an internally advertised vacancy.

Gibbons is the latest to move roles after two reviews criticised the corporation's handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal and the November 2nd report.

Former Newsnight editor Peter Rippon, who was in charge when the programme dropped an investigation into Savile, has already started a new role overseeing the online BBC News archive.

Former Radio 5 live boss Adrian Van Klaveren, who was part of the temporary management team that approved the Newsnight programme on November 2, is now coordinating the BBC's coverage of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, is also moving to take charge of BBC Radio.


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