James Harding named director of BBC news and current affairs

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Former editor of The Times, James Harding, has been appointed director of BBC news and current affairs. He begins the new role in August, and will replace Helen Boaden who has taken up the position of director of BBC Radio.

Harding will sit on the BBC’s executive and management boards and will oversee the BBC news and current affairs programming. Prior to working at The Times, Harding held a number of international posts at the Financial Times. He will receive a salary of £340,000.  

BBC director general Tony Hall said: “I am delighted that James will be joining as the new director of BBC news and current affairs. High quality journalism sits right at the heart of the BBC making this is an absolutely critical role.

"James has a very impressive track record as a journalist, editor and manager. I believe he will give BBC News a renewed sense of purpose as it moves away from what has been an undeniably difficult chapter. As an organisation, the BBC will also benefit from his external perspective and experience which he will share as a member of the BBC’s Executive team."