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BBC News have created a new editor level role for their department. The position sees Gavin Hewitt as Chief Correspondent.

The beeb say the position is to be ‘an important addition to the existing senior editorial team’.

Gavin will be at the forefront of our flagship programmes bringing analysis and insight to a wide range of assignments, as well as being involved in the BBC’s coverage of next year’s General Election and the next US Presidential campaign and covering major breaking news at home and abroad. – BBC News

Hewitt will be based in London and takes up the role in the autumn. He is currently the BBC’s Europe Editor. He will continue to report and analyse for BBC News Online.

For much of my five years as Europe Editor I have tracked the euro-zone crisis; an unexpectedly rich political drama. I am now looking forward to covering major events on a wider canvas for a range of BBC outlets. – Gavin Hewitt

Gavin was special correspondent for BBC News before becoming Europe Editor in 2009. He covered the Obama campaign in 2008 and was embedded with US forces for the invasion of Iraq. He has covered conflicts in Georgia, Lebanon and Zimbabwe and reported from New York after 9/11. He was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and was in Berlin the night the wall fell. Gavin has also written three books including ‘The Lost Continent’ – an account of the political and economic drama behind the euro-zone crisis. He has won an RTS, a BAFTA and a Broadcast award for his journalism.

The announcement follows the appointment of health and education editors. Penny Marshall, currently Social Affairs Editor for ITV News, was appointed Education Editor and Hugh Pym, currently Chief Economics Correspondent for BBC News, is to become Health Editor. Last week ITN, production company behind ITV News announced that Catherine Jones had been appointed as Health Editor and Joel Hills was to switch from Sky News to ITV News as Business Editor.

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