- Helen Boaden
Helen Boaden (born
1 March 1956) is the director of BBC News, the world’s biggest broadcast news operation. Boaden controls all BBCnews along with current affairs documentaries, including programmes such as " Newsnight" and "Panorama".
Boaden attended Colchester County High School for Girls, before gaining a BA Hons in
English Literatureat the University of Sussex. In 1999, she gained an MBAfrom the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Boaden started as a journalist with the
New Yorkradio station WBAIin 1979. On return to the UK, she took a course in Radio Journalism at the London College of Printing(now the London College of Communication). After Radio Teesand Radio Aire, she joined the BBC in 1983 as a news producer with Radio Leeds. From there, she joined BBC Radio 4as a reporter, then editor (in 1991), of File on 4. Boaden worked from the BBC in Manchesteras a presenter for Woman's Hourand later presented other documentaries for Radio 4, and also for the Brass Tackspolitical programme on BBC Two.
In 1997, she became the BBC's head of business programmes, then in 1998 head of current affairs - the first womanto hold this position. She was controller of Radio 4 from March 2000 until September 20, 2004, superseded by
Mark Damazer. She became controller of BBC7in 2002, when the station started. She superseded Richard Sambrookas director of BBC News in 2004. [. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3917563.stm Boaden takes news hot seat] BBC News Online; 22 July 2004. ]
She appeared on the 35th anniversary edition of
Just A Minutein 2003. The subject she set was "Why has "Just a Minute" lasted so long?"
Boaden sacked Moira Stewart from BBC News in 2007 for being "too old" (she was 57) to public outcry. Fact|date=August 2008
Awards and honours
Boaden has won Sony Awards for a programme on
AIDSin Africa, and bullying in Feltham Young Offenders Institution when at File on 4. Radio 4 won the Gold Award for Station of the Year in 2003 and 2004. In 1990, Boaden won awards from the Industrial Societyfor her work on safety standards in the oil industry. She has honorary degrees from Suffolk College, the University of Sussex, and the University of York. She is on the committee of the Sony Radio Academy.
Boaden is married to
Stephen Burley, who works for the London Evening Standard.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies/biogs/news/helenboaden.shtml BBC Press Office biography]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/helen_boaden BBC News blog]
* [http://www.suffolk.ac.uk/about/hon_grads/2002.htm Honorary degree from Suffolk College in 2002]
* [http://www.sussex.ac.uk/press_office/media/media325.shtml Receiving Doctor of Letters from University of Sussex on July 18th 2003]
* [http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/presspr/pressreleases/hongradsdec04.htm Receiving an honorary degree from Greg Dyke, Chancellor of the University of York on December 3rd 2004]
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