The BBC has appointed Amanda Farnsworth as its new Editor, Visual Journalism for BBC News.
The role will lead the newly created Visual Journalism Unit which will combine the existing TV and Online graphics departments into one multiplatform team, providing graphics, data visuals and editorial content across TV, Connected TV, PCs, tablets and mobiles for UK and global audiences.
The team will be based in the multimedia newsroom at New Broadcasting House, W1.
Amanda said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this position and bringing together a range of really talented journalists into a new, exciting and fast moving part of BBC News. I’m determined to put our work at the heart of the BBC’s journalism.”
Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom, said: “This is an important new role for BBC news, to allow us to build on our strong record in TV graphics, design and digital visual journalism. We have a great opportunity at New Broadcasting House for further transformation and innovation in an increasingly important aspect of story-telling across a range of platforms.”
Amanda is currently Project Executive for BBC London 2012, leading the BBC's vision, editorial strategy and plans to cover all the major events including the Olympic Torch Relay and the Olympic Games. Previously she was the Editor of the BBC’s One and Six O Clock News, Deputy Editor of Newsnight and Bureau chief in Washington DC.
She will take up her role after the Olympics and Paralympics.
This is an important new role for BBC news, to allow us to build on our strong record in TV graphics, design and digital visual journalism."