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Ian Katz, newly-appointed editor at Newsnight, has announced three senior appointments to the programme's editorial team.

Rachel Jupp and Neil Breakwell have been named as deputy editors, while Rob Burley will join the programme as one of its assistant editors.

Jupp, aged 35, is currently head of Home News at Channel 4, where she has worked since 2006 as producer, deputy online editor and programme editor.

She has been responsible for the show's UK coverage since last year but, from September, she will lead Newsnight's reporting team, overseeing news coverage and film commissioning.

Breakwell will be responsible for Newsnight's live items including interviews and planning. Aged 30, he has already worked at the programme for eight years.

He was also David Dimbleby's producer during coverage of the 2010 general election and has worked at Radio 4's Today and World at One.

Katz described them as "two of the most talented broadcast journalists in the business".

"Neil has a well-earned reputation as one of the most inventive editors of live television around, and Rachel is a first rate news editor who has been a key figure in the recent success of Channel 4 News."

Previous crises

Burley will be covering for Kavita Puri, currently Commissioning Editor at BBC World News, and moves from his role as assistant editor on the Daily Politics and Sunday Politics.

Alongside Katz, who is a former deputy editor at the Guardian, they will start their posts in September.

The changes follow various crises at Newsnight after it had been under fire for dropping a report into the late DJ Jimmy Savile and wrongly linking Lord McAlpine to a sex abuse inquiry.

The BBC also apologised for a Newsnight report that gave the false impression that the military charity Help for Heroes was responsible for shortcomings in support offered to wounded veterans.

In May, the corporation announced that Katz would replace former programme editor Peter Rippon, who left Newsnight after the Savile scandal and is currently editor of the BBC's online archive.

The programme is currently being overseen by acting editor Jamie Angus, who will take up the post of editor at Radio 4 Today in September.

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