Thursday 24 Apr 2014
Current Head of the BBC's Multi Media Newsroom Peter Horrocks has been appointed as Director of BBC World Service, it was announced today.
As Director of BBC World Service, Peter Horrocks will be responsible for the overall editorial leadership and management of the world's leading international multimedia broadcaster. He will take up the post in mid-April.
BBC World Service delivers programmes and services in 32 languages on television, radio and new media to a global audience of at least 182 million every week.
Richard Sambrook, Director of BBC Global News, said: "I am delighted that Peter is the new Director of BBC World Service. His experience as a strong editorial leader, coupled with his considerable energy and drive, will be a powerful asset as BBC World Service looks to build on its premier position in the global media landscape."
Peter Horrocks said: "I'm very proud to have been given the chance to lead the world's most exceptional group of journalists and programme makers."
Peter Horrocks has been Head of the BBC's Multi Media Newsroom since September 2005. He had previously been the BBC's Head of Current Affairs.
Since joining the BBC in October 1981 as a news trainee, he has been the Editor of both Newsnight and Panorama – the BBC's domestic flagship television current affairs programmes.
He has been responsible for BBC TV's election night results programme in 1992 and 1997, as well the BBC's coverage of the Budget, by-elections and local elections.
Peter won BAFTA awards in 1997 and 2005 for his editorship of Newsnight and for the documentary series The Power Of Nightmares respectively.
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