BBC World Service has appointed Liliane Landor as its new Editor BBC World Service News and Current Affairs. She is responsible for all the BBC World Service News and Current Affairs programmes in English. Stephen Mitchell, Head of Radio News says: “Liliane has a great track record in World Service as well as the vision and experience to build on the success already achieved during Mary Hockaday’s tenure.”
Liliane Landor was born in Lebanon and educated in France and Switzerland - speaking five languages including Arabic. She joined the BBC in 1990 - working for the BBC French Service after experience as an interpreter in Paris and as a print journalist. She had been Head of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs Programmes since 2002, and in 2004 spent six months as Head of the BBC Arabic Service. More recently, she has played a key role in leading flagship news and current affairs programmes across BBC World Service - while also being part of the Creative Future for journalism team led by the BBC’s Deputy Director-General, Mark Byford.
Liliane Landor says: “I’m delighted to have been offered the job and I’m very excited at the prospect of leading such an impressive department. It has a deep understanding of our huge and diverse audiences and has always delivered strong and creative journalism. The World Service is a special place to be and we’ll focus our energies on delivering value and quality to our audiences.”
Liliane Landor replaces Mary Hockaday who has now been appointed Deputy Head of BBC Radio News.
(Source: BBC Press Office)