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BBC's director of news and current affairs James Harding takes up post

The BBC’s new director of news and current affairs, James Harding, takes up his post today, having been appointed to the role in April.

Harding, a former editor of The Times, has already spent time working alongside the team in the run up to taking over the post made vacant by Helen Boaden, who has moved to the role of director of BBC Radio.

Harding was hired following criticism over the corporation’s Newsnight programme, after it aired false allegations that Lord McAlpine was a paedophile and