Deborah Turness, former president of NBC News International, has been named CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs. She will be joining the BBC from ITN, where she is presently CEO.
As CEO of BBC News, she will be in charge of a staff of over 6,000 employees who will transmit to almost half a billion people worldwide in more than 40 languages. According to the most recent data, eight out of ten U.K. folks watch BBC News.
Turness previously worked as the first president of NBC News International, where she was in charge of all operations, including editorial, production, and commercial. She formerly served as the editor of ITV News.
Turness began working for ITN as a freelancer in her early twenties while studying postgraduate journalism in France. She also worked as an ITN Washington Bureau producer and spent time in Bosnia during the Balkans War. In 2002, she was named deputy editor of ITV News, and in 2004, she was promoted to editor.
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