Joanna Carr

Head of Current Affairs, BBC


Joanna Carr is Head of BBC Current Affairs. She grew up in Gloucester, and studied English and History at university. Joanna joined the BBC in 1997 as a news trainee, and worked on the World at One/ PM and Newsnight as a producer, before moving to BBC1 for the launch of the Politics Show. She has worked in Washington DC as the radio producer and from 2009-2015 she was the editor of PM, iPM and Broadcasting House on Radio 4. During that time, PM won 4 Gold Radio Academy Awards, including Best News and Current Affairs Programme.
As Head of the Current Affairs Department, Jo oversees Panorama, Newsnight, Radio Current Affairs, Television Current Affairs and TV Features (HARDTalk, Click, The Travel Show and Global Questions). Recent notable programmes include The Ratline and The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast. In her current role she is also the Commissioner for Television Current Affairs. Her commissions include Syria: The World’s War; Russia with Simon Reeve; and Jo Cox: Death of an MP (Best News and Current Affairs Programme, Broadcast Awards 2018).

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