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Mike MacFarlane: New Head for BBC London

Mike MacFarlane has been appointed Executive Editor for BBC London, responsible for all the BBC's dedicated output for audiences across the capital - the television news programme BBC London News, radio station BBC London 94.9FM and BBC London Online.

For the past two years Mike has been weekend editor of BBC TV news, in charge of all BBC network weekend bulletins on both BBC ONE and BBC News 24.

He replaces Jane Mote who has been appointed Controller of the Community Channel.

Mike says: "I'm delighted to be joining BBC London - particularly with Emily Maitlis and her team in top form and BBC London 94.9 FM's spectacular listening figures announced last week.

"BBC London has enjoyed a reputation for innovative programming and strong journalism and I'm looking forward to playing my part in building on that success."

Andy Griffee, Controller English Regions, says: "I am delighted to welcome Mike into this key role running BBC services for all those in the London area.

"His significant achievements and the contribution he has already made to the success of the BBC speak for themselves and I have no doubt that he will lead the vibrant, successful and important London region to even greater things, building on the tremendous success Jane Mote leaves behind."

Mike's first taste of the BBC was as a student in 1984 with BBC Radio Highland. He says: "They gave me a car, a tape recorder and the opportunity to learn about reporting over the biggest local patch in the country!"

Between 1984 and 1986 he worked as a television presenter at BBC Scotland and a freelance reporter at BBC Radio Scotland.

After two years as a BBC trainee, from 1986 to 1988, he joined The World at One as a producer covering Lockerbie and the 1988 Israeli elections.

From 1988 to 1993 he worked as Senior Producer at the Today programme and again at The World at One, including a spell at network radio based in Washington during the Clinton/Bush election campaigns.

As part of the original launch team for Radio Five Live, in 1994, Mike played a leading role in establishing the Breakfast Programme, collecting two Sony awards along the way.

He has worked at Radio Five Live as Assistant Editor, Breakfast; Politics Editor; and Editor for Five Live Drive and the midday news (apart from a stint as Elections Editor for network radio in 1998).

Mike's interests outside work include his family and watching football (he's an Arsenal season ticket holder).

Notes to Editors

Photographs of Mike MacFarlane are available, for media use only, via the BBC Press Office.

BBC London News had a 29% audience share (853,000) in the last quarter of 2002, compared with 16% (446,000) for ITV's London Tonight.

The RAJAR figures published on 30 January showed BBC London 94.9FM increased its listeners by 94,000 in the past year and has also seen its audience share rise substantially.



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