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Jonathan Munro named as BBC News Global Director

Jonathan Munro appointed Director of BBC World Service and BBC Monitoring

BBC News Director of Journalism Jonathan Munro will be taking on a new role as Director of the BBC World Service starting in September. In addition to this new position, Munro will also continue to oversee BBC Monitoring and remain Deputy CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs.

Munro, who has been with the BBC since 2014, has played a significant role in leading the transformation of the BBC’s business in India, establishing a new structure and operating model. He has also served as Interim Director of BBC News for most of 2022, sitting on the BBC Board and the Director General’s Executive Committee during this time.

With 26 years of experience at ITN prior to joining the BBC, Munro has an extensive background in journalism, covering major events such as the Balkans war, both Gulf wars, and the Beijing and London Olympics. He has worked as a correspondent in the UK, Europe, the US, Russia, Africa, and beyond, earning recognition for his work, including an RTS Judges’ Award for negotiating the UK’s first televised Prime Ministerial debates in 2010.

Excited about his new role, Munro expressed his enthusiasm for leading the BBC World Service and other international activities, emphasizing the importance of impartial news in today’s world. BBC News CEI Deborah Turness praised Munro’s leadership, expertise, and journalistic integrity, highlighting the significance of the World Service as a trusted international news provider.

As Munro prepares to take on this new challenge, he looks forward to working with the dedicated and talented BBC teams around the world to continue delivering independent news to global audiences. The role of the BBC World Service in pursuing truth and enriching knowledge remains crucial in a time when the need for reliable information is more pressing than ever.

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