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October 14, 2022

News media job moves: BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth to host Any Questions?

By Press Gazette

Press Gazette’s summary of the latest moves and personnel changes in senior UK media jobs. Refresh page for latest updates.

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BBC | Any Questions? host

14/10/22: The BBC has appointed Alex Forsyth to host the panel programme Any Questions? on Radio 4, succeeding Chris Mason after he was appointed political editor.

Political correspondent Forsyth’s first programme will air on Friday 4 November from East Midlands Airport, with members of a live audience putting questions to a panel from across the political spectrum.

Forsyth said the programme “is one of the rare forums that allows people to put their questions directly to politicians and leaders, and I see my role as trying to get the answers they seek”.

BBC Alex Forsyth

BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth. Picture: BBC | Columnist

11/10/22: Mail Online’s US arm has signed Maureen Callahan as a columnist.

Callahan wrote for the News Corp-owned New York Post for ten years until her last column was published on 29 August. She joins columnists such as Meghan McCain and Dan Wootton at the Mail.

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She said: “I hope to offer fun, unexpected and thought-provoking takes on the news and the people who — for better or worse — make it.” editor-in-chief Gerard Greaves said: “Throughout her career, Maureen has had her finger on America’s pulse. readers can anticipate her no-holds-barred take on the latest news – whether it be out of Washington, DC or Hollywood.

“Her writing is engaging, informative and entertaining, and I look forward to what she will bring to our website.”

Bloomberg | Senior columnist

11/10/22: Bloomberg has announced recently exited Money Week editor-in-chief Merryn Somerset Webb as a senior columnist.

Somerset Webb, who served as Money Week’s launch editor in 2000, starts at Bloomberg next month. She will write a weekly column for the business publisher about investment and personal finance, and will at a later date host a podcast “as part of an expansion of Bloomberg’s wealth content”.

The outgoing editor follows colleague John Stepek, a 17-year Money Week staffer who moved to Bloomberg’s wealth team as a senior reporter in September.

GB News | Chief digital officer

6/10/22: Geoff Marsh, the Reach editorial director who built into an SEO powerhouse, is leaving to head up GB News’ digital efforts.

The broadcaster, which has grown its online audience much faster than its television one, said Marsh will  “lead the company’s investment in digital journalism and distribution across its website, apps, videos, and social media.”

In a statement, Marsh said: “I’ve seen the growing impact GB News is having, both on the UK media landscape and – more importantly – among audiences across the country… Its fast-growing reach across all platforms – TV, radio, social and online – proves there’s a huge appetite for that.”

“I can’t wait to help scale that and establish GB News as one of Britain’s top digital destinations.”

Speaking to Press Gazette last year, Marsh revealed that at the Express website 60% to 70% stories were driven by topic, rather than the news agenda.

Yahoo News | General manager

5/10/22: Yahoo News has poached the managing editor and chief product officer of The Washington Post, Kat Downs Mulder, to be its own general manager and senior vice president.

Yahoo said that in her role at “this newly consolidated business,” Downs Mulder “will oversee global products, editorial and strategy for a unified Yahoo News, including the Yahoo homepage, news, entertainment and lifestyle content”.

Much of Downs Mulder’s work at the Post involved product design and user experience, for example reducing friction for for would-be subscribers and encouraging mobile-first storytelling.

Downs Mulder said: “My time leading news, product and engineering highlights the importance of evolving as the industry changes…

“I look forward to being part of this next chapter of Yahoo’s journey as we develop products and services that will shape the future of how people get their information.”

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