BBC Global News appoints Dick Meyer as Executive Producer, BBC News, America

Date: 30.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.52
Category: BBC World News
The BBC today announced the appointment of Dick Meyer as Executive Producer for the BBC’s news services in America.

In this role, Dick will take editorial oversight of the BBC’s award-winning US newscast BBC World News America and the US edition of BBC.com/news website. He will also advise on the strategy and production of other BBC news content in the US, including its 24-hour news channel BBC World News, and BBC World Service radio productions aimed at US audiences. He will work alongside colleagues from the BBC's Newsgathering Bureau, based in Washington DC. This position will also work with BBC News in London, to support coverage of US affairs for audiences in the UK.

Since 2009, Dick has worked as NPR's Executive Editor, with responsibility for managing NPR's worldwide news operation on-air and online. He played a key role in expanding NPR’s digital journalism and in integrating broadcast and digital newsrooms. He joined NPR in 2008 as editorial director for digital media.

Before joining NPR, Dick was editorial director of CBSNews.com and prior to this worked as a producer for The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, in Washington, where he focused on political and investigative reporting.

He is the recipient of an Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award (1998), an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award (1998) and a Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists Award (1998). He graduated from Columbia University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in religion and from the University of Oxford in 1982 with a master's degree in politics.

Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom says: 'We are delighted Dick Meyer is joining us. His considerable multiplatform experience and understanding of the North American news media landscape will help us build on our success so far and further strengthen the profile and presence of BBC News for American TV, digital and radio audiences'.

Richard Porter, Controller English, BBC Global News says: ”This is an exciting period for BBC News in America, with increased audiences and a real demand for our international news. Our audiences really appreciate the depth and range of our content across platforms, but Dick's experience will be invaluable as we increase our focus on the biggest news market in the world."

Dick Meyer says: ""I am honoured and humbled by this new responsibility. The BBC is simply the greatest newsgathering operation in the world today. As American news organizations undergo difficult change, the BBC has an important role in this country and a real opportunity for growth. I am proud to have the chance to help with that important work."

Dick will take up his new role early in February 2012.

Notes to Editors

BBC Global News includes BBC World Service, BBC World News television, bbc.com/news (the BBC’s international-facing online news site) and BBC Monitoring.

The BBC attracts a weekly global audience of 225 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and bbc.com/news.

BBC World News, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World News Ltd, a member of the BBC’s commercial group of companies. BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 300 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 129 cruise ships, 40 airlines, 22 mobile phone networks and a number of major online platforms including bbc.com/news. For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit bbcworldnews.com.

BBC Global News includes BBC World Service, BBC World News television, bbc.com/news (the BBC’s international-facing online news site) and BBC Monitoring.

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 166 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit bbcworldservice.com.

bbc.com/news: The BBC is one of the most respected brands on the internet and offers up-to-the minute international news, business, sports, weather, lifestyle and technology content and in depth analysis. bbc.com is the online expression of the BBC outside of the UK and is run by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.

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