Jamie Angus appointed Director of BBC World Service Group
Jamie brings huge editorial and leadership expertise to the Director role. He has a clear and strategic vision for the future of the World Service Group - both editorially and for our commercial services.Francesca Unsworth, Director, BBC News and Current Affairs
Jamie is currently Deputy Director of the World Service Group and Editorial Director of BBC Global News Ltd (GNL). He has been Acting Director of the World Service Group since the beginning of this year.
As Director, Jamie will lead the BBC’s global news services - BBC World Service, BBC World News and BBC.com - as well as BBC Monitoring. The BBC’s global news services have a weekly audience of 346m and the BBC World Service is currently undergoing its biggest expansion since the 1940s.
Director of BBC News and Current Affairs Francesca Unsworth says: “The BBC’s international news services are more important than ever, and Jamie brings huge editorial and leadership expertise to the Director role. He has a clear and strategic vision for the future of the World Service Group - both editorially and for our commercial services.
"The BBC World Service plays a unique role for the BBC, for Britain, and across the world, and I am confident it has an exciting future under Jamie’s direction.”
Jamie Angus says: “It’s a great honour to be appointed as World Service Director. There’s never been a greater need globally for the BBC’s independent, creative and engaging news services. With the expansion to 41 language services, we are already reaching new audiences everywhere; our English services on TV radio and online remain the gold standard for international news.
"With global concern growing about disinformation, ‘fake news’ and media literacy, the World Service Group has never been in a stronger position to show the way forward. We spot the stories, see the patterns and make sense of the world for our audiences. I’m very pleased to be able to lead that mission in the coming years.”
Jamie was previously the editor of Radio 4’s Today Programme, covering high profile stories including the 2015 UK General Election, Scottish Independence referendum and the EU referendum. Under his leadership Today reached record audience figures of 7.4m and won an ARIA Radio Academy gold award for best National Speech Breakfast Programme.
Jamie joined the BBC in 1999 and was previously acting editor of Newsnight, editor of World At One and The World This Weekend, and editor of Daily News Programmes on World Service radio. He worked for the World Service Group in 2010-12 where he commissioned and launched new language TV bulletins in Urdu, Hindi and Swahili and the daily Focus on Africa TV bulletin, and worked on attachment as head of the World News newsroom.
His appointment follows a competitive recruitment process. Jamie replaces Francesca Unsworth, now Director of News and Current Affairs.
By this summer, the BBC’s international news services will broadcast online, on TV, and on radio in more than 40 languages.