Helen Boaden

Former Director of BBC News Group


Helen Boaden took up her role as Director, BBC News, in September 2004. In April 2011 she became the Director of BBC News Group, taking on additional responsibility for the Global News division, and joined the BBC’s Executive Board.

She oversees UK-wide network news and the BBC’s global news division. She also has responsibility for the BBC’s 12 English Regions.

Helen started her journalistic career on campus radio at the University of Sussex.

She volunteered on a listener-sponsored station in New York and, on returning to England, she graduated in Radio Journalism from the London College of Printing and then worked at Radio Tees and Radio Aire before joining the BBC in 1983 as a news producer with Radio Leeds.

She later became a reporter and then Editor of BBC Radio 4’s flagship weekly current affairs programme, File On 4.

She regularly presented Woman’s Hour from Manchester and produced and presented a range of features and documentaries for Radio 4. She reported on the BBC Two documentary programme Brass Tacks and presented a series for Channel 4.

In 1997 Helen became Head of Business Programmes and a year later she was also made Head of Current Affairs, the first woman to do the job.

Her distinguished BBC career has been recognised with some of the top industry awards.

She is a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

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