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29 October 2014
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Head of Communications for BBC News appointed

The BBC has appointed Janie Ironside Wood, currently Director of Communications, BBC Worldwide, as Head of Communications, BBC News.

In her new role she will be the focal point for leading the integrated Marketing, Communications and Audiences agenda in BBC News and will report to BBC Head of Communications Sally Osman, with an operational line to Director of News, Richard Sambrook.

She will take up her new post at the end of April.

The creation of the new role of Head of Communications, BBC News, follows a decision taken in January 2003 to reshape marketing and communications in the division.

Alison Kelly, previously Head of News Publicity, has joined the BBC's central communications team to work on Charter review following her return from maternity leave last November.

Janie Ironside Wood joined BBC Worldwide in 1997 after extensive experience in broadcast PR.

In her role at BBC Worldwide, reporting to Chief Executive Rupert Gavin, she led the external and internal communications teams for the company's global tv, channels, magazines and publishing businesses.

She was formerly Chief Press Officer for ITN, reporting to the Chief Executive, and before that was Head of Press for GMTV, which she joined directly from a three year period at TV-am.

Janie has also been a director of Namara Cowan PR, whose clients included Channel 4 Television, Michael Caine, The British Jazz Awards and The Monkees.

She ran the press office for LBC/IRN and has worked as Private Secretary to Lord Longford at Sidgwick & Jackson Publishers.

She began her career in the record industry, working for Pye Records.

Sally Osman said: "Janie has extensive experience of marketing and communications within broadcasting, and in particular in news and current affairs.

"She is a substantial figure both in the BBC and within the communications industry.

"I am delighted she has agreed to take on this new role at an important time for the BBC and BBC News."

Janie Ironside Wood said: "I am delighted to be taking on this new role, after seven highly enjoyable years with BBC Worldwide.

"It's a great honour now to have the opportunity of working with the world's most respected news organisation and I look forward to being part of a dynamic marketing and communications team."

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.



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