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James Stephenson named BBC World News head of news

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James Stephenson has been named BBC World News head of news

Stephenson moves to the position from his current role as editor of BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten. He will remain as deputy head of the BBC Newsroom.

"I am delighted to have been asked to run BBC World News," Stephenson said.

"The channel is the strongest it has ever been and this year's move to Broadcasting House has placed it at the heart of the BBC Newsroom.

"I look forward to working with the World News team and the whole of BBC News to make the most of all we can offer to our global audience."

Controller of English at BBC Global News Richard Porter added: "I'm absolutely delighted that James will be leading the next phase of development of our news output.

"This is a very big year for BBC World News, with investment in new studios and in our journalism, and the launch of the Live the Story brand campaign."

He added: "James is ideally suited to take us further forward, with his huge experience of journalism and production, and his understanding of the competitive landscape. I look forward to welcoming him into the World's Newsroom."

Stephenson joined the BBC as a researcher on Panorama and has also worked as assistant editor and deputy editor of Newsnight.

He launched the Politics Show in 2003 and was Middle East bureau chief from 2007 to 2009.

Head of the BBC Newsroom Mary Hockaday said: "James will bring excellent editorial leadership to BBC World News, an absolute commitment to the highest quality and most trustworthy journalism as well as an ambitious approach to television production and sharing our journalism across platforms for audiences in a digital age.

"James has a very strong track record leading high profile output and newsgathering teams in BBC News, as Editor of the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten, the Middle East Bureau and political programmes at Westminster.

"He has all the right qualities to develop our international journalism working with our production teams and journalists in London and around the world."

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