Fran Unsworth

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(journalist)
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Born29 December 1957
Alma materUniversity of Manchester

Employment.png Director of News & Current Affairs

In office
January 2018 - Present
EmployerBBC

Francesca Mary Unsworth (born 29 December 1957) is a British journalist and media executive who was appointed the BBC's Deputy Director of News & Current Affairs in 2013.

Fran Unsworth assumed the role of Director News & Current Affairs after James Harding stood down on 1 January 2018.

Before then she served in various senior positions in the BBC, including director of the BBC World Service Group and as a member of the BBC's executive board.[1]

Reappointed

Fran Unsworth's first term of appointment was 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2021 at a salary of £340,000 per annum.[2] She was re-appointed to the Board as an Executive director for a further two years from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2023.[3]

BBC's biased and inaccurate reporting

John Pilger talks to Fran Unsworth about BBC's pro-Israel bias

On 7 August 2018, a letter from Jewish Voice for Labour member Pamela Blakelock was delivered to the BBC's Director General, Tony Hall, and Director of News & Current Affairs, Francesca Unsworth, complaining about the BBC's biased and inaccurate reporting of anti-semitism allegations towards Jeremy Corbyn.[4]

Upholding Reithian principles

"We regret that the BBC has failed to comply with its own codes with regard to impartiality and accuracy. Given the gravity of allegations of anti-semitism, the role performed by the BBC is all the more critical if it is to live up to Reithian principles of informing the public."[5]

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:BBC's biased and inaccurate reporting of anti-semitism allegations towards Jeremy CorbynLetter7 August 2018Pamela Blakelock"We regret that the BBC has failed to comply with its own codes with regard to impartiality and accuracy. Given the gravity of allegations of anti-semitism, the role performed by the BBC is all the more critical if it is to live up to Reithian principles of informing the public."
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