Friday July 10, 2020

RTÉ unveils Jon Williams of ABC News as Kevin Bakhurst successor

Williams to leave job as managing editor of international news in New York for Montrose

11th November, 2016
Williams appointed as newsroom boss
Williams appointed as newsroom boss

RTÉ has finally announced its new Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs.

In a statement, Montrose bosses said that following a public competition Jon Williams will succeed Kevin Bakhurst in the role.

Williams has been Managing Editor, International News, at ABC News in New York since March 2013, where he oversaw international news coverage and strategy.

He led ABC's reporting of the war in Ukraine, the European refugee crisis and the coverage of the ISIS terrorist attacks in Europe, as well as driving innovation, including the use of 360 and virtual reality video.

RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes said:"Jon’s CV is exceptional, a proven and award-winning track record in international affairs is coupled with that key domestic experience, which is so important in the Irish context.

"Jon’s skill as editor, reporter, innovator and leader are unique. I very much look forward to working closely with him in his new role and as a member of the RTÉ Executive Board."

Williams was the BBC's UK News Editor during the 2005 general election and 7/7 terror attacks on the London transport network, coverage of which picked up a BAFTA award.

From 2000-2003 Williams was the Deputy Editor of the BBC's Six O'Clock News and more recently he was the BBC’s World News Editor, managing a staff of 200 people in 30 different countries.

Before leaving the BBC, he oversaw the reporting of the civil war in Syria, which earned him a second Emmy, and was honoured with the 2013 International Prize by the Royal Television Society.

Williams said: "From Brexit to the many domestic challenges facing the country, there's never been a more important time for RTÉ, as the national media service, to lead the conversation, across all of our platforms, on radio, television, online, mobile and social. I can't wait to get started."

Williams is originally from Liverpool and will move to Dublin to take up his new role with RTÉ in the new year.

Until then Hilary McGouran, Managing Editor, Television News, will oversee the news and current affairs division.

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