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Kirsty Lang joins BBC Four News

Channel 4 News co-presenter Kirsty Lang is to join BBC Four News as chief correspondent and second presenter. BBC Four News, which begins in March, will be the UK’s first nightly bulletin devoted principally to foreign news, presented by George Alagiah.

Kirsty Lang said: “Having spent much of my career as a foreign correspondent, I’m very excited about working on a programme with an unashamedly global approach to news. The events of 11 September brought home to all of us working in the media that foreign news can’t be relegated to the backburner.”

George Alagiah said: “To have someone of Kirsty’s experience and authority join the team is a great vote of confidence in BBC Four News. We’ve got a lot of field experience between us and Kirsty and I will bring that to bear on the programme every night.”

BBC Four News will be broadcast daily on BBC FOUR from Monday to Friday at 8pm. The half-hour programme will draw on the BBC’s newsgathering operation - the largest of any broadcaster in the world - and will reflect the big global stories of the day

Kirsty joined Channel 4 News in 1998 as a studio presenter and news reporter. She began her journalism career as a BBC news trainee in 1986 and worked on programmes including Today and the World at One. From 1989 to 1991 she was the Central European reporter for BBC World Service based in Budapest, covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and Balkans conflict, and went on to be the BBC’s Paris correspondent for both television and radio. After a period reporting for BBC TWO’s Newsnight and prior to joining Channel 4 Kirsty worked at the Sunday Times as their Paris correspondent.

Notes to Editors

BBC Four News, edited by Amanda Farnsworth, will be produced by BBC WORLD, the BBC’s international news channel, and will be simulcast to 192 million homes in 200 countries and territories world-wide.

BBC FOUR is a new television channel entirely devoted to diverse, intelligent and culturally enriching programmes, due to launch in March 2002. As one of the BBC’s new free-to-air, licence fee-funded channels, BBC FOUR will transmit daily from 7.00pm, with a programme mix that ranges from distinctive new dramas and thought-provoking documentaries to world cinema and live performance. The channel will also feature a wide range of topical programmes, including BBC Four News.



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