BBC chairman Richard Sharp confirms Jess Brammar HAS been appointed

BBC chairman Richard Sharp confirms Jess Brammar HAS been appointed
BBC chairman Richard Sharp confirms Jess Brammar HAS been appointed
BBC chairman Richard Sharp confirms Jess Brammar HAS been appointed as executive news editor despite row over hiring of anti-Brexit left-winger who ranted about Boris Johnson

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Jess Brammar has been appointed to a senior role within the BBC, its chairman Richard Sharp confirmed today as he insisted: 'Jess got there on merit.'

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Mr Sharp told a conference in Cambridge that it was important to have 'different opinions' and people should watch Newsnight tomorrow night for more information.

He also told the Royal Television Society's convention that he was unlikely to appear on the programme himself, saying: 'I'd rather not step in front of the firing squad.' 

Ms Brammar, the former UK editor of HuffPost and deputy editor of BBC Newsnight, is thought to have taken on the newly-created post of executive news editor.

Her appointment follows a toxic row over plans for her to rejoin the corporation after she was openly critical of both the Conservative Government and Brexit.

Jess Brammar is the former UK editor of HuffPost and deputy editor of BBC Newsnight

Jess Brammar is the former UK editor of HuffPost and deputy editor of BBC Newsnight

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BBC news chief Fran Unsworth (left) will leave next year. Tim Davie (right) made a commitment to diversity of opinion and impartiality he made when he became director-general last year

Production staff oversee a BBC news broadcast at Broadcasting House in London (file image)

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Production staff oversee a BBC news broadcast at Broadcasting House in London (file image)

The hiring of the Left-wing journalist was criticised after she posted a series of now-deleted tweets critical of Boris Johnson, Brexit and Britain's imperial past

And it came despite objections raised by Sir Robbie Gibb, a member of the BBC board and the former director of communications for Theresa May.

Jess Brammar: Black Lives Matter supporter with a Guardian toyboy 

There are few in the media industry who are not aware of Jess Brammar.

One of the most prolific users of Twitter and Instagram over the last decade, she would regularly share her opinions on anything from politics to restaurants with her thousands of followers.

She would also regularly share pictures of her partner Jim Waterson, the Guardian's media editor, on their holidays and nights out.

That was until the news of Ms Brammar's new executive role at the BBC broke two months ago. Then her tweets were swiftly deleted and her Instagram set to private.

The couple, who live in Peckham, South-East London, have been an item since 2017 and were named as one of Westminster's 'power couples' by politics website Politico – much to the amusement of colleagues at the time.

Ms Brammar, 38, burnished her Left-wing credentials last year with her vocal support of Marxist campaign group Black Lives Matter which wants to defund the police.

Her younger partner

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