The BBC has tapped former NBC News executive Deborah Turness as its CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs, per Variety.
Turness worked as the first president of NBC News International, the international component of the U.S. broadcaster’s news division. She was responsible for supervising its operations, including editorial, production, and commercial.
“In the U.K. and around the world, there has never been a greater need for the BBC’s powerful brand of impartial, trusted journalism,” Turness said.
“It is a great privilege 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.”
In 2013, she joined NBC News, where she was the first woman in the U.S. to be president of a network news division, overseeing a team of over 3,000 journalists and technicians.
During her tenure at the network, Turness managed all editorial content and commercial earnings, including the brands “Today,” “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Meet the Press,” and “Dateline.”
“She is a passionate advocate for the power of impartial journalism and a great believer in the BBC and the role we play, in the U.K. and globally,” Tim Davie, BBC chief executive, said.
“She will do a brilliant job of leading our news and current affairs as we deliver on the BBC’s public service mission in the digital age.”
Turness, whose annual salary will be £400,000 ($550,000) in the role, oversees a team of around 6,000 people. Her start date has yet to be determined.
Christi Paul: I Couldn’t Be Who I Needed for My Family
Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul
Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul, who bid an emotional goodbye to her colleagues and audience.
Paul will be returning to her home state of Ohio to begin in a new position, but before that, the show aired a retrospective of Paul’s time at the cable news channel. Furthermore, she received messages from several coworkers, including her former co-anchor Victor Blackwell and her current one, Boris Sanchez.
She told the viewers that the decision was “part of the Great Resignation,” choosing to step back from the high-profile but highly-demanding weekend anchor role.
“I love these people. I love this place. I am so grateful, and I’m so tired. I’m so exhausted. We’re up between 1:00 and 2:00 every Saturday and Sunday. And I just could not be who I needed to be for my family, is what it really came down to,” Paul said.
Also, the experience of her husband’s battle with Covid-19, which had him go to the ER at one point in 2020 and separated from their parents during the pandemic, made her and her husband rethink their priorities.
“It was really bad for about three-and-a-half weeks, and there were moments I thought I was going to be a single mom,” she added.
Chuck Todd: SCOTUS Credibility ‘Has Never Been More in Question’
Todd voiced uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling but expressed that the public has credibility worries about the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that they were overturning Roe v. Wade in a decision to hand abortion rights back to the states, with some having illegal or strict laws prohibiting the process of terminating a pregnancy.
During Sunday’s broadcast of “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd stressed the stakes of the 2016 election, which placed three conservative justices on the bench and culminated in the ruling that occurred a few days ago.
“The court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and nearly five decades of abortion rights that gripped the nation in celebrations and bitterness from coast to coast,” Todd said. “We know is abortion is likely to be banned in roughly half the states.”
“And Justice Clarence Thomas suggested birth control, gay rights, and same-sex marriage could be next. And we now know that Donald Trump’s 2016 election, which gave him three Supreme Court picks, all of whom voted to overturn Roe, is easily now among the most consequential ever in our nation’s history.”
Furthermore, Todd voiced uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling but expressed that the public has credibility worries about the Supreme Court.
“Thanks to how this court was put together, its credibility has never been more in question,” Todd said. “And this decision came at a time when the country is already dangerously divided.”
The Brother of Fox News’ Gianno Caldwell Is Killed in Chicago
Christian Caldwell, 18, was the youngest of nine siblings.
Fox News political correspondent Gianno Caldwell shared some devastating news on social media as his little brother was murdered in Chicago on Friday. According to The Hill, Caldwell took to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to announce the news.
“Yesterday was the worst day of my existence,” Caldwell posted. “Never could I have imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him. Please keep my family in your prayers.”
Christian Caldwell, 18, was the youngest of nine siblings. He was reportedly living on the South Side of Chicago. The website reports that Gianno stepped in as a father for his younger brothers. The children were placed in the care of their grandmother when their mother was sent away to drug treatment.
“I was like his dad because he never knew his father,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell was hired by Fox News in 2017. The political analyst also runs a bipartisan public affairs consulting firm and hosts the podcast “Outloud with Gianno Caldwell.”
Colleagues and friends reacted with tremendous sorrow. Radio host Joe Pags expressed well wishes for the Caldwell family.
Dan Bongino tweeted, “so incredibly sorry.”