David Shukman has been appointed Science Editor at the BBC.
David, currently the BBC’s Environment and Science correspondent, joined the corporation in 1983 and has worked as Northern Ireland reporter, Defence Correspondent and World Affairs Correspondent.
Fran Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering, said: “I’m delighted to appoint David as Science Editor. His ability to make complex scientific issues accessible will be a great asset in this new role and ensure that our audiences get the most out of the BBC’s science coverage.”
David has reported from more than 90 countries and has made a dozen trips to the polar regions. Most recently he covered the launch of the last space shuttle and filmed inside the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
David said: “It’s a privilege to be given this new role as part of the BBC’s drive to enhance its science coverage. The science story has never been so compelling and I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to lead our reporting and analysis of it.”
The appointment is a new role, created as a result of recommendations made in an independent review of the BBC’s science coverage, published by the BBC Trust in 2011.
As well as reporting on science stories for BBC News, the new post will also involve working with science programme makers across the BBC.
The BBC today announced a new round of budget cuts to its news division. BBC Newsnight will be cut by ten minutes and will share resources and reporters with BBC News. It will no longer have any dedicated Newsnight reporters....
ITV Tyne Tees and Border weather presenter Ross Hutchinson is recovering in hospital after donating a kidney to his dad. Ross underwent the operation in Newcastle on Thursday 17 November. His dad, Robin Hutchinson, who was suffering from kidney failure...
GB News presenter Esther McVey has announced her resignation from the channel with immediate effect. The MP for Tatton was yesterday given a Cabinet role in yesterday’s reshuffle. As a result, Esther is unable to carry out presenting duties because...