FOR THE '90s
With a worldwide
audience of more than 120 million and over 200 bulletins every 24
hours, Bush House newsroom is unique within the BBC and unmatched
outside it. The nature of the audience ensures that bulletins have
to be international rather than parochial in character. The heavy
output dictates an operation geared to provide a constantly updated
bulletin which can be put on the air at any time of day or night.
This year the
newsroom has undergone a major re-organisation designed in part
to speed the flow of centrally produced stories under the overall
direction of the Newsroom Editors, and to tailor them more precisely
to the needs of the World Service and language service bulletin
also aims to improve regional output by developing editorial teams
which will spend more time serving one regional area, enabling them
to make better-informed judgments of the needs of their audience.
The Intake Team, which is responsible for the flow of incoming news
material, has also been strengthened.
Two key posts
complete the re-organisation picture: Susannah Ross, the Regional
Output Editor, who has overall responsibility for improving and
maintaining the newsroom's service to the thirty-six language sections;
and Jim Edwards, the English Output Editor, whose job it is to ensure
that the newsroom's contribution to World Service achieves the highest
standards, with a blend of interest and authority capable of attracting
the biggest possible audience in the 1990s.
we already achieve are world-renowned. Strengthened by the re-organisation,
we are confident of maintaining them into the 21st century.