of Communications for BBC News appointed
BBC has appointed Janie Ironside Wood, currently Director
of Communications, BBC Worldwide, as Head of Communications, BBC
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.
will take up her new post at the end of April.
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.
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.
Ironside Wood joined BBC Worldwide in 1997 after extensive experience
in broadcast PR.
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.
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.
has also been a director of Namara Cowan PR, whose clients included
Channel 4 Television, Michael Caine, The British Jazz Awards and
ran the press office for LBC/IRN and has worked as Private Secretary
to Lord Longford at Sidgwick & Jackson Publishers.
began her career in the record industry, working for Pye Records.
Osman said: "Janie has extensive experience of marketing and
communications within broadcasting, and in particular in news and
is a substantial figure both in the BBC and within the communications
am delighted she has agreed to take on this new role at an important
time for the BBC and BBC News."
Ironside Wood said: "I am delighted to be taking on this new
role, after seven highly enjoyable years with BBC Worldwide.
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."
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.
offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services
from BBCi, as well as 11 national BBC radio networks.