Newsnight journalists win scoop of the year

Meirion Jones and Liz MacKean Meirion Jones and Liz MacKean worked to expose Jimmy Savile's abuse

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Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones, who worked together on the shelved Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, have won the 'scoop of the year' award from the London Press Club.

The journalists will share the accolade with Miles Goslett and Mark Williams-Thomas.

Goslett broke the Savile abuse story in the Oldie magazine; Williams-Thomas is the former policeman and child protection expert behind the ITV Exposure documentary that brought the story to national attention.

The chairman of the judges, Bill Hagerty, said reporter MacKean and producer Jones deserved the award because the story they uncovered was 'dynamite', despite the fact that it was never being broadcast.

On collecting the award, MacKean - who only a few weeks ago left the BBC after more than 20 years' service - said: 'BBC command and control would not be delighted by the award being given to Meirion and myself. It just goes to show you cannot keep a good story down.'

Jones has also subsequently left Newsnight and is now working for Panorama.

Today's John Humphrys also took the award for broadcast journalist of the year at the awards ceremony on Wednesday.

The presenter of the Radio 4 programme also recently won a Sony journalism award for his interview with former director general George Entwistle, which led to his resignation.

Current affairs changes

Meanwhile, the former editor of Today has announced changes to current affairs that will strengthen its output.

In an email to staff on Wednesday, head of News programmes Ceri Thomas - who replaced Stephen Mitchell - announced that the role of Clive Edwards in current affairs will be split in two.

Edwards is currently executive editor and commissioning editor in the current affairs television department, a senior role that has responsibility for commissioning and programme making.

He will now become commissioner for UK current affairs across all television programmes.

The change to the senior job, Thomas explained, is a result of the new director general's ambition to put a greater emphasis on the current affairs department.

'Tony Hall has been clear from his early days that he wants a sharper focus on current affairs to be a hallmark of his time as DG,' emailed Thomas. It's also reflected in James Harding's new job title as the director of both News and current affairs.

Speaking of the appointment, Edwards said: 'I was very glad to hear that Tony Hall wants to strengthen current affairs and put it at the heart of the BBC's news output.

The commissioner added that he is looking 'forward to strengthening the output further and working with in-house and the independent sector to come up with innovative and compelling current affairs programmes'.

A new role, head of TV current affairs, will focus on programme making and report to Thomas, who was appointed after Mitchell was criticised in the Pollard report and retired after 38 years.

Edwards currently reports to Thomas. His new reporting line as the commissioner of UK current affairs has not been confirmed.

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