15 FEB 2024

BBC names Chris Achilleos as Executive News Editor of Streaming

The executive will play a crucial part in the BBC’s digital transformation plans and will lead three teams focused on single-story live streams, curation and amplification of the most critical moments in broadcast, and the development of new streaming-first formats.

15 FEB 2024

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Chris Achilleos has been appointed Executive News Editor, Streaming for BBC, and will take on the role as of April 9. This new role will be crucial to the BBC's digital transformation plans as it grows streaming on BBC iPlayer, BBC News live pages and bbc.com. He will oversee this work and lead three teams focused on single-story live streams, curating and amplifying the most critical moments in broadcast and developing new streaming-first formats.

Chris Achilleos said, "I'm thrilled to be joining the BBC to lead its expansion of streaming news. BBC News has ambitious plans to grow its streaming output, and I'm really looking forward to working with talented teams across the organization to grow the offer for audiences on iPlayer, the BBC News website and app."

Naja Nielsen, Digital Director, BBC News, said: "Chris is an excellent leader in news streaming as evidenced by his work at ITVX, and we're delighted he has chosen to join us at this pivotal moment. As well as extensive editorial and digital experience, Chris brings drive and imagination to this role that will be crucial as we grow our streaming offer. We want our digital platforms to be the stand-out streaming service globally for news and journalism, so we are excited to see the positive impact his strong vision and editorial judgment will have as we work to realize our ambitious plans."

Achilleos joins the BBC from ITV News, where he has been Head of ITVX, leading the broadcaster's news service on their streaming platform. Before that, he was deputy head of digital at ITV, focusing on innovation and launching digital products to reach new audiences. He was involved in launching The Rundown, ITV's social media news service for young people, led the expansion of ITV News' social team, and was previously a digital output editor. He began his career as a producer at Sky News, working in a range of roles, including editing its breakfast program.

With audiences increasingly live-streaming news, the appointment reflects the BBC's commitment to radically enhancing its news offer on BBC iPlayer and to making news content easier to discover, navigate, and use. This will ensure the BBC can go live whenever stories break and bring audiences closer to the story, making the most of the best live moments on digital platforms.