New head for BBC arm

O'Connor to lead London branch

A veteran BBC programmer has been appointed head of the London arm of its factual department, which is being hit by job cuts.

Karen O’Connor, acting commissioning editor for BBC news and current affairs, will start in January. Her post was created last month as part of the pubcaster’s restructure.

The BBC Vision production arm, which houses factual plus children’s and entertainment TV, is cutting some 660 staffers and some 390 will come from factual, despite the pubcaster’s high reputation in this area.

O’Connor has more than 20 years TV experience, having been deputy editor on BBC flagship public affairs shows “Panorama” and “Newsnight,” and as editor of “Correspondent” and “This World.”

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