Jim Gray to be head of tv current affairs

Jim Gray Jim Gray is a former deputy editor of Newsnight

Former Channel 4 news editor Jim Gray has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of tv current affairs.

He will oversee investigative journalism, programmes such as Panorama, and current affairs bases in Belfast, London and Salford.

He will also be responsible for strengthening the BBC's current affairs output and improving relationships with Newsnight.

The BBC Two programme has had a difficult few years after dropping a report into sex abuse allegations against the late DJ Jimmy Savile and wrongly linking Lord McAlpine to a child abuse inquiry.

In May, it also apologised for a 2012 report on Help for Heroes, which wrongly implied the military charity was responsible for shortcomings in support offered to wounded veterans.

'Maverick'

Gray will work closely with Nicola Meyrick, head of radio current affairs, and Clive Edwards, commissioner for UK current affairs.

He left Channel 4 News in 2012 after 14 years, when newsreader Jon Snow described him as "maverick, anarchic, strict, mildly permissive, imaginative - there is no better editor in the United Kingdom".

He previously worked at the BBC for 17 years, first at Radio 4 and then on Newsnight where he had roles as a political producer and deputy editor.

Starting later in the summer, he will also be a deputy to Ceri Thomas, head of news programmes.

Gray said he was "delighted to be joining the BBC in this exciting new role", adding that he hoped to "pursue great journalism which is both ambitious and high-impact".

Ceri Thomas described him as a "fantastic addition".

"He did an outstanding job as editor of Channel 4 News, and I'm sure he will show the same sort of commitment and drive in highlighting the power of our analysis and investigative journalism right across the department."

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