Monday, July 15, 2024

BBC News appoints Jonathan Munro as Global Director

Jonathan Munro appointed as BBC News Global Director, overseeing BBC World Service and more

Jonathan Munro is set to take on a new role as the BBC News Global Director starting in September. This position will see him leading the BBC World Service, overseeing BBC Monitoring, and continuing as the Deputy CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs.

Expressing his excitement for the new challenge, Jonathan Munro says, “I am thrilled and daunted in equal measure to be taking on the enormous responsibilities of leading the BBC World Service, along with other international activities for our global audiences. As I’ve traveled around the world with the BBC over the last decade or so, everywhere I have been I’ve been told of the enduring value of impartial news, in English and our more than 40 other languages. The need for independent news is growing, not shrinking, and the BBC’s role in pursuing truth and enriching knowledge has never been more important. The BBC teams I have met across the world are dedicated, professional, and talented. I can’t wait to start working with them all.”

Deborah Turness, praising Munro’s qualities, comments, “The BBC is a truly global broadcaster and the World Service is a priceless asset – the world’s most trusted international news provider. In a world of disinformation and diminishing freedom of speech, it is more needed than ever, and I’m delighted Jonathan will be taking its helm, and that of all BBC News’ international services.”

Jonathan Munro currently holds the position of Director of Journalism and Deputy CEO of BBC News. He has been with the BBC since 2014 and has led coverage of significant global events over the past decade, including Brexit, UK general elections, the Israel/Gaza and Ukraine conflicts, and more.

With an extensive background in journalism, including 26 years at ITN, Munro brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He has covered major events such as the Balkans war, Gulf wars, and the Beijing and London Olympics. He has also worked in the United States, Russia, and Africa, holding positions such as Europe Correspondent and Political News Editor.

Munro’s accolades include receiving an RTS Judges’ Award for negotiating the UK’s first televised Prime Ministerial debates in 2010. Additionally, he serves as a Trustee of BBC Children in Need and has led projects focusing on mental health support for children and young people across the UK.

As Jonathan Munro prepares to step into his new role as BBC News Global Director, his wealth of experience and dedication to impartial journalism promise to shape the future of the BBC World Service and international news offerings.

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