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Jonathan Munro has turned to former colleagues to boost his senior editorial team.

The head of newsgathering has recruited Lucy Manning from ITV News to be special correspondent, working alongside the on-air editors, the other special correspondents and incoming chief correspondent Gavin Hewitt.

Munro, who joined the BBC this year after a long career at ITV News, said Manning would be working at the 'top level'.

She is currently UK editor of ITV News, covering areas like crime, terrorism and policing. Manning was part of the team that won Bafta and RTS awards this year for its coverage of the Woolwich attacks. She was previously political correspondent for ITV News, having started out as a reporter at Channel 4 News.

Partnership intact

ITN's senior news editor Ed Campbell, who worked with Manning on the Woolwich coverage, will also be joining the BBC as editor, special correspondents.

'Lucy and Ed will combine coverage of hard and breaking news with a commitment to investigative journalism, which their track record so clearly demonstrates,' said Munro, who also appointed Penny Marshall from ITV News to be educational correspondent in March.

Manning said she was 'excited about this new challenge', while Campbell called it a 'fantastic opportunity'.

'Although I will be sad to leave so many friends and colleagues, I'm delighted that my partnership with Lucy will continue,' he added.

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