Owenna Griffiths appointed editor of Today programme
The BBC has announced that Owenna Griffiths will be the new editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
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Owenna is currently the editor of BBC Radio 4’s PM programme and Broadcasting House. She is a Bafta and International Emmy award-winning editor with over 25 years’ journalistic experience. Owenna has led teams at Newsround and the World at One, as well as working at the Today programme for nine years.
Owenna’s successful editorship at the PM programme has included in-depth analysis from across the UK during the 2019 General Election, the recent Covid Chronicles, where listeners have shared their own experiences of the pandemic, and the award-winning seven-part series Anatomy Of A Stabbing.
Fran Unsworth, BBC Director of News says: “Owenna’s creativity, original thinking and wealth of radio experience make her the ideal choice as Today’s new editor.
"I’m confident she and the team will take our flagship programme from strength to strength. I’d also like to thank Sarah Sands for all that she’s done over the past three and a half years. Under her leadership the programme has expanded its coverage to explore a range of new subjects and seen guest editors from the Duke of Sussex to Greta Thunberg.”
Mohit Bakaya, Controller of BBC Radio 4, says: “Owenna is a brilliant editor, who combines her terrific journalistic instinct with a rare creative imagination. At the helm of both the World at One and later PM, Owenna has thought hard about how to unlock politics for the Radio 4 audience, as well as find interesting ways to engage listeners and explore the forces that shape the world around us. I know she will bring the same qualities to her editorship of Today.”
Owenna says: “Perhaps rather embarrassingly, the Today programme has been a part of my life since I first started listening at university. I learned so much about journalism when working there as a producer and it is a huge privilege to be asked to return as editor. I’d like to thank Sarah Sands for handing on a programme in such good shape and look forward to getting stuck in after the summer.”
Owenna will take up the role in early September and her successor as editor at PM will be announced in due course.
Source BBC Radio 4
July 8, 2020 5:13am ET by BBC Radio 4