BBC news director is replaced by an ex-NBC chief on a £400k salary.

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The director of news at the BBC has been replaced by an ex-NBC executive who will be paid £400,000.

Deborah Turness, the current director of news and current affairs at ITN, has been hired by the BBC to replace Fran Unsworth, who is set to leave at the end of the month.

Ms Turness, 54, joined NBC News in 2013, becoming the network’s first female president of a news division in the United States, and later served as president of the network’s global arm.

She was the first woman to hold the position of editor of ITV News from 2004 to 2013.

Her salary will be £400,000, an increase of around £60,000 over Unsworth’s, and her start date will be announced in due course, according to the BBC.

Jonathan Munro, deputy director of BBC News, and Jamie Angus, senior controller of BBC News output and commissioning, were rumored to be frontrunners for the position.

The position, however, has been filled by an external candidate.

“There has never been a greater need for the BBC’s powerful brand of impartial, trusted journalism in the UK and around the world,” Ms Turness, the current ITN chief executive, said.

“To be asked to lead and grow BBC News at a time of accelerated digital growth and innovation, when its content is reaching more global consumers on more platforms than ever before, is a great privilege.”

“I’m delighted Deborah Turness is joining the BBC as our CEO for BBC News and Current Affairs,” said BBC director-general Tim Davie.

“Deborah brings a wealth of experience, insight, first-rate editorial judgment, and a proven track record of delivery to the table.

“She is an outspoken supporter of the power of unbiased journalism and a firm believer in the BBC and the role it plays in the UK and around the world.”

“As we carry out the BBC’s public service mission in the digital age, she will do an outstanding job leading our news and current affairs team.”

“There has never been a greater need for the BBC’s powerful brand of impartial, trusted journalism in the UK and around the world,” Ms Turness said.

“To be asked to lead and grow BBC News at a time of accelerated digital growth and innovation, when its content is reaching more global consumers on more platforms than ever before, is a great privilege.”

The BBC announced that the position of director had been renamed chief executive to reflect the corporation’s “ambition to continue to build the.”

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