News names health and education editors

Hugh Pym Hugh Pym is 'honoured' to take on health role

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BBC News has created two new on-air editor roles - covering health and education.

Hugh Pym, currently chief economics correspondent, will be health editor, while ITV News' Penny Marshall will become education editor.

They will work with correspondents to increase the number of BBC scoops in these areas, while bringing their expert analysis and understanding to the reporting on tv, radio and online.

They join a growing band of on-air editors, specialising in areas ranging from economics and politics to China and the Middle East.

Pym, who started his career as a BBC radio reporter, has been chief economics correspondent since 2009.

He was previously special correspondent covering economics, before standing in for economics editor Stephanie Flanders during her maternity leave and the world's financial meltdown.

He said he was 'honoured' to be given the new job.

Dad was a GP

'I grew up close to the NHS as my late father was a GP in a West Country town and I have always admired the hard-work and commitment of health staff,' he explained.

'The future shape and direction of the NHS, with financial and demographic pressures, is one of the major issues of our time. I look forward to covering this agenda along with important new developments in patient care and research.'

Marshall, meanwhile, has been social affairs editor at ITN since 2012, covering issues including education and welfare.

She joined ITN as a graduate trainee in 1985, going on to report on anything from the Romanian revolution to Nelson Mandela's release. Her reports exposing Serb-run detention camps in Bosnia in 1992 won Emmy, Bafta and RTS awards.

'I think the creation of this post rightly puts the issue of education at the heart of the domestic news agenda at a critical time of change,' she said. 'I can't wait to start.'

Jonathan Munro, head of newsgathering, described her as a 'remarkable journalist' whose coverage of education matters in recent years had been 'superb'.

'Hugh will bring his invaluable economic and political journalism into a new area about which the public cares very deeply,' he added.

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