The BBC released a press note announcing the new Editor, Visual Journalism for BBC News. Amanda Farnsworth, a senior executive who has been entrusted with high profile leadership roles in the BBC, is the first name appointed to be part of the new Visual Journalism Unit.
Set to take up her new role after the Olympics and Paralympics, Amanda said she’s excited with the project: “I’m delighted to be taking up this position and bringing together a range of really talented journalists into a new, exciting and fast moving part of BBC News. I’m determined to put our work at the heart of the BBC’s journalism.”
According to the release, the Visual Journalism Unit will combine the existing TV and Online graphics departments into one multi-platform team, providing graphics, data visuals and editorial content across TV, Connected TV, PCs, tablets and mobiles for UK and global audiences.
Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom, outlined the importance of the newly created Unit: “This is an important new role for BBC news, to allow us to build on our strong record in TV graphics, design and digital visual journalism. We have a great opportunity at New Broadcasting House for further transformation and innovation in an increasingly important aspect of story-telling across a range of platforms.”