The new head of the BBC's TV and online news output in England will not be based in London

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by David Prior

The new head of the BBC's TV and online news output in England will not be located in London.

Senior BBC News editor Declan Wilson has been appointed Head of TV and Online News for BBC England, a new role created as part of a radical revamp of the BBC’s services in England.

It means there is now a single person with editorial responsibility for all of BBC England’s news content online and on television.

Wilson, who lives in Yorkshire and will be based at MediaCityUK in Salford, will oversee BBC England’s TV and online news including the successful 6.30pm regional news programmes. When combined, the 18:30 BBC One regional news programmes regularly have the highest overnight viewing figures of any live news broadcast in England.

Wilson led the BBC’s newsgathering operation in the north of England for almost a decade before launching the BBC’s Korean Service as part of the World Service expansion programme. He is currently working within BBC News on a project to expand mobile journalism.

He began his BBC career on the News Channel before becoming a field producer covering domestic and foreign stories. He has led coverage of some of the UK’s biggest news stories, including the Shannon Matthews case, the Whitehaven shootings, the Hillsborough Inquests and the Manchester Arena bombing.

Wilson, who worked for local newspapers before joining the BBC, said: “I’m excited by this new role and believe passionately in the power and importance of regional journalism.

"The BBC’s regional TV news service remains remarkably popular and has been incredibly resilient in the face of big shifts in how people consume news. That’s testament to the hard work of our teams in newsrooms across England who make informative and engaging journalism that resonates with audiences. I want to build on that success. Our online content also reaches big audiences while being distinctive and that’s something I want to grow.”

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