Join Devon & Exter Branch for Lunch followed by an informative talk on “The Public Service Role of the BBC in the Gathering and Broadcasting of News and Current Affairs” by Fran Unsworth.
Francesca Mary (“Fran”) Unsworth is a journalist and media executive. Fran began her broadcasting career in local radio, working in Leicester and Bristol, before becoming producer of Radio 1’s Newsbeat. In 1990 she moved to Radio 4 and was based in Washington as a radio producer for the network during the Gulf crisis of 1990–1991. She later worked as a producer on The World at One and PM. She transferred to the BBC’s Newsgathering Department in 1993, where she was a producer and editor for the BBC One O’Clock News and the BBC Six O’Clock News. Fran was appointed Head of Newsgathering in January 2005.
Since January 2018 she has been Director, News & Current Affairs for BBC News. She has served in various senior positions in the BBC, including director of the BBC World Service and a member of the BBC’s executive board.
With that extensive experience of broadcasting news and current affairs, Fran will discuss the modern public service role and function of the BBC as news gatherer and broadcaster.
Application for places at speakers’ events should be made in writing to the Dining Secretary, Mr. Philip Maunder, Pennies, 46 Pound Lane, Topsham EX30NA with a separate cheque for each event, made payable to ‘ESU Devon and Exeter’. Cheques will not be presented for payment until the day after the event.