Amanda Farnsworth appointed editor of new BBC sports news programme
Amanda Farnsworth will be the Editor of the new BBC One sports news programme planned to start in 2007. Amanda is currently the BBC's Daytime News Editor, in charge of both the One and Six O'Clock News bulletins on BBC One.
Amanda will move to BBC Sport to develop and launch the flagship new programme - including the recruitment of the team and setting its editorial ambitions.
Roger Mosey, Director of Sport, said: "Amanda is a first-class journalist and she also knows her sport. Her appointment shows the importance the BBC attaches to sport journalism, and we're looking forward to Amanda and her team launching our new flagship programme in 2007."
Amanda joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1986, working in BBC radio and television newsrooms, BBC Wales and the Business Unit.
Between then and 2000, Amanda was an assistant producer on Panorama, a producer on Newsnight, BBC Bureau Producer in Washington DC, launch Editor of BBC News 24, Editor of News 24's daily Breakfast News and Deputy Editor of Newsnight.
In 2000, Amanda was appointed Planning Editor across all BBC One bulletins and News 24, then became launch Editor of BBC Four news; and in 2004 became the Editor of BBC One's Six O'Clock News.
Amanda was born in 1963 and educated at St Paul's Girls' School in London and the London School of Economics, where she gained a first class degree in International History.
Amanda is a West Ham United fan.