BBC News creates managing editor role

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BBC News has appointed a former deputy editor of The Times to a new senior role that will be more focused on the business side of journalism.

Keith Blackmore - a former colleague of director of news and current affairs James Harding - will take the role of managing editor of BBC News.

He will be responsible for managing and negotiating contracts for senior journalists and presenters.

In addition, Blackmore will work on unspecified editorial projects and the career development of journalists in News.

Harding said: 'When I left The Times I said that all the good things that had happened while I was there were chiefly Keith's doing. I know that he will bring to the BBC his sound judgement and gift for bringing out the best in people.'

Second appointment

In a second senior appointment, Jonathan Munro - a deputy editor at ITV News - will succeed Fran Unsworth as head of newsgathering.

Munro, who has spent 26 years with ITV, will be in charge of the deployment of network news journalists in the UK and abroad.

The senior journalist joined ITN as a news trainee and worked on high-profile news stories including the James Bulger murder, the Balkans War and both Gulf conflicts.

On his appointment, Munro said: 'I am immensely excited to be joining BBC News and facing new challenges in one of the most respected news operations in the world. I am privileged to be joining many of the highly talented journalists who I have come to know and admire in many years of friendly competition out on the road.'

Unsworth will remain in the role of deputy editor of News, to which she was promoted earlier this year.

Both roles will take effect in the new year.


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