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BBC begins search for next Newsnight editor


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

January 13, 2013 | 2 min read

Following a turbulent year which saw Peter Rippon step down as editor of Newsnight, the BBC has begun the search for his replacement.

Rippon, who was editor from 2008, resigned from the position when inaccuracies were found in his explanation for why a Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile’s abuse of children was axed from airing.

The Newsnight job ad was published on the BBC's website. It reads: "After a period of intense external and internal scrutiny and challenge Newsnight is looking for a tough, innovative and creative individual with sound editorial judgment to be the next editor."

The advert states that applicants should have "experience of successfully managing teams through periods of difficult change" and ensuring the programme collaborates with the rest of BBC News and BBC Two.

"Making tough decisions at very short notice is an important part of the job and the programme must never shy away from the controversial and the sensitive."

The successful candidate will also become responsible for the head of news, a position which is also being advertised by the BBC.

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