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BBC appoints James Harding as director for BBC news and current affairs

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

April 16, 2013 | 1 min read

The BBC has announced the appointment of James Harding, former editor of The Times, as its new director for BBC news and current affairs.

Harding, who left The Times last year, replaces Helen Boaden who has been appointed as director of BBC radio.

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."

Harding begins his new role in August, and will be paid a total package of £340,000.

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