Today (August 21), CBC News has announced the appointment of the award-winning editor, producer and journalist David Walmsley as the new Director of News Content.
Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice President of English Services at CBC, tweeted the news earlier today. As you can see from Jian Ghomeshi's above retweet, it's big news for the network. The award-winner Walmsley said "CBC News is a world-class outfit, to which I am delighted to be returning. Its commitment to newsgathering, at home and abroad, and its digital expansion convey the ambitions of this organization and determination to adapt for the future, and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News praised David's record. He began his career in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before moving to Glasgow, Scotland, and subsequently London. In 1998 he crossed the pond to Canada where helped launch the National Post before joining CBC for the first time. McGuire said "David's proven track record with breaking news and investigative journalism, and his passion for being first, as well as providing depth and context, align perfectly with our commitment to providing high-end journalism - whenever and wherever our audiences want it."
As CBC's Director of News Content, Walmsley will drive foreign and domestic newsgathering across all platforms. In the CBC's fully integrated news operation, he will harness the talents of CBC journalists in Canada and in foreign bureaus to own both the story of the day, and set a new standard in original and agenda setting journalism.