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Chapter 5: Mary Hockaday, BBC Multimedia Newsroom
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Head of Multimedia Newsroom,British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)Interview: Wednesday, July 4, 2012Television Centre, London
At the time this interview took place,1 Mary Hockaday was head of the Multimedia Newsroom, responsible for some 1,000 staff and the overall management of content for all news bulletins, along with the BBC News website. In this role, she oversaw the creation of a combined world newsroom, bringing together news teams from across the corporation2 in a single location for the first time. New Broadcasting House, in central London, put out its first broadcast on July 9, 2012, just a few days after the meeting recorded here.
The BBC, funded by the UK licence fee-payer, is regulated by statutory rules about taste and decency and held accountable to an extensive set of editorial guidelines.3 Within the organisation, all editors are responsible for maintaining the standards written into the corporate charter. In Hockaday’s case, she was also a member of the News Board, which sets editorial policy and responds to complaints.
Hockaday joined the BBC in 1986 as a World Service production trainee. She held roles as a reporter, producer and editor, overseeing the World Service news and current affairs department before moving to wider news management.
The interview touched on a number of underlying questions that influence news editing, such as the difference between neutrality and objectivity.4 ← 75 | 76 → If resumed now,...
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