In a significant development, Paul Royall has been officially named the Executive News Editor of the BBC News Channel, solidifying his role following a successful tenure as interim leader. Paul steered the channel through a triumphant launch last year, consistently delivering timely and impactful news to audiences in the UK and globally.

As the most-watched news channel in the UK, BBC News boasts a weekly audience exceeding 100 million worldwide. The channel’s single-news operation is divided into UK and international feeds, strategically integrating with major global news events to offer top-notch journalism to its viewers.

Under Paul’s stewardship, the channel excelled in covering pivotal stories such as Prigozhin’s march on Moscow, the Lucy Letby trial, and the outbreak of conflict in the Middle East, resulting in a substantial surge in viewership in recent months.

Notably, the BBC News Channel, led by Paul, introduced innovative features such as single-story streaming, while establishing a 24/7 Washington DC operation to enhance expertise. The channel is now seamlessly integrated into BBC News’ digital offerings, accessible on live pages, the BBC app, website, and BBC iPlayer.

Before taking on the role at the BBC News Channel, Paul Royall served as the editor for BBC News at Ten, Six, and One. With a rich history covering major news events, including three General Elections, the Scottish and EU Referendums, a global pandemic, and conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza/Israel, Paul has been at the forefront of BBC News programming. His tenure at BBC News at Ten culminated in winning the RTS news programme of the year, and the show received a Bafta nomination.

Paul Royall says: “I am delighted to be leading the BBC News Channel on a permanent basis. This is a hugely talented team and I’m excited by everything we can achieve for audiences going forward. 2024 will be another momentous year of news, and it will be a privilege to be at heart of if for the channel.”

Naja Nielsen, Digital Director, BBC News says: “Paul is an inspiring and brilliant news leader with a very strong editorial compass. The news channel has successfully undergone the biggest reform in its life. The channel has gone from strength to strength over the past year, with an offer that is more live, has more depth and sits at the very heart of BBC News, working closely with our specialist units and digital teams. He is nurturing a culture of ambition, teamwork and courage. In a time of radical change of the media landscape, Paul is the right person to drive forward the BBC News Channel.”