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BBC News announces appointment of Gavin Hewitt to chief correspondent role

MUMBAI: BBC News and Current Affairs has announced the appointment of Gavin Hewitt as BBC News chief correspondent, a newly created role at editor level.

The role is an important new addition to the existing senior editorial team. Gavin will be at the forefront of its flagship programmes bringing analysis and insight to a wide range of assignments, as well as being involved in the BBC’s coverage of next year’s general election and the next US Presidential campaign and covering major breaking news at home and abroad.

He will be based in London and will take up this post later this year after a period as Europe Editor. He will continue to report and analyse for BBC News Online.

He said, “For much of my five years as Europe Editor I have tracked the euro-zone crisis; an unexpectedly rich political drama. I am now looking forward to covering major events on a wider canvas for a range of BBC outlets.”

Gavin was BBC News special correspondent before becoming Europe Editor in 2009. He covered the Obama campaign in 2008 and was embedded with US forces for the invasion of Iraq. He has covered conflicts in Georgia, Lebanon and Zimbabwe and reported from New York after 9/11. He was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and was in Berlin the night the wall fell.

Gavin has also written three books including ‘The Lost Continent’ – an account of the political and economic drama behind the euro-zone crisis. He has won an RTS, a BAFTA and a Broadcast award for his journalism.
The BBC head of newsgathering Jonathan Munro said, “We are delighted to appoint Gavin in this new and exciting role. Gavin has years of experience reporting and analysing stories from home and abroad, always with the finest story-telling skills. He will bring his breadth of knowledge and expertise on air to a vast range of assignments.”

The announcement follows the appointment of two new editors earlier to further strengthen on-air reporting and analysis of health and education. Penny Marshall, currently ITV News social affairs editor, was appointed Education Editor and BBC News Hugh Pym, currently chief economics correspondent is to become Health Editor.

They will be charged with increasing the number of stories broken in the fields of health and education, as well as bringing a greater depth of understanding and analysis to these crucial areas. Their appointment underlines the commitment of BBC News to bringing expertise to bear on policies which affect millions of viewers, listeners and readers. Both will work closely with existing teams of correspondents across TV, radio and online news.