Editorial shake-up of Radio 4 news - Press Gazette

Editorial shake-up of Radio 4 news

The editorial department behind BBC Radio 4 news programmes The World At One and PM is to be split in two, as part of a reshuffle of roles within BBC Radio news.

Matt Morris, head of the BBC Radio newsroom, is temporarily moving to BBC Radio Five Live as acting head of news, as incumbent Ceri Thomas goes on sabbatical leave.

Richard Clark, current editor of TWAO, The World This Weekend, PM and Broadcasting House, will replace Morris during his time at Five Live.

Clark’s current role will be split, with separate editors for TWAO and TWTW on the one hand and for PM and Broadcasting House on the other.

Peter Rippon, deputy editor of TWAO, PM and TWTW, has been appointed editor of PM and BH while two vacancies exist for the editorships of TWAO and The World Tonight.

The moves coincide with Today editor Kevin Marsh’s new role chairing the group of Radio 4 news programme editors in a bid by the broadcaster “to pool the thinking together” to provide a more coherent set of bulletins for the station.

The group will meet weekly to discuss planning stories and staff deployment on stories and budgets.

Marsh said: “For the first time, we’ll have a group of editors talking to each other as equals and sharing each others’ problems.”

By Wale Azeez