The BBC has announced that James Harding has joined the company as the BBC News and Current Affairs director. He will handle a news organization well regarded but reeling from its handling of the Jimmy Saville scandal, as well as the Newsnight scandal.
Harding has news experience, as he was the editor of The Times in Britain from 2007 to 2012 until his resignation after the paper handled the News Corp (which owns The Times) phone-hacking scandal critically. Ethics apparently beat a paycheck, to Harding - news I am sure the BBC is okay with.
He will be replacing Helen Boaden, who slides over to BBC Radio director.
Harding begins in August and will be paid handsomely, with a compensation package worth $520,000 (£340,000).
“I am delighted that James will be joining as the new director of BBC News and Current Affairs. High-quality journalism sits right at the heart of the BBC making this is an absolutely critical role," said BBC director general Tony Hall, Harding's new boss. "James has a very impressive track record as a journalist, editor and manager. I believe he will give BBC News a renewed sense of purpose as it moves away from what has been an undeniably difficult chapter. As an organization, the BBC will also benefit from his external perspective and experience which he will share as a member of the BBC’s executive team."