BBC Television News announces editorial appointments

MUMBAI: UK pubcaster The BBC's head of Television News, Peter Horrocks has announced two new appointments to his senior editorial team.

Kevin Bakhurst, currently the Editor of the BBC's Ten O'clock News, has been promoted to the role of controller of BBC News 24. Amanda Farnsworth who is the current editor of the BBC's Six O'clock News, has been appointed Editor, Daytime. This role, which covers the editorship of both the One and Six O'clock news bulletins.

Kevin Bakhurst, who was an editor of News 24 from 2001 to 2003, was appointed Editor of the BBC Ten O'clock News in March 2004. Under his editorship the Ten O'clock News received a Bafta for its coverage of the Madrid bombing, and also an RTS Award for News Programme of the Year.

Bakhurst joined the BBC in 1989 as assistant producer in the Business and Economics unit. In 1990 he became a producer for the BBC Nine O'clock News, and then assistant editor of the Nine and Ten O'clock bulletins from 1996 to 2001.

Farnsworth joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1986 before working as an assistant producer on Panorama and producer on Newsnight. In 1994 she became BBC bureau editor in Washington DC and returned to the UK to join BBC News 24 as launch editor in 1997.

Horrocks said, "Kevin has been a highly successful editor of the Ten. He will bring his incisive editorial and organisational skills to help News 24 grow even further. Amanda will bring creative imagination and a strong understanding of the strategic future direction of News to this crucial role."

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