The BBC has appointed Razvan Scortea as the Head of its BBC French and BBC Great Lakes language services.His responsibilities include overseeing the managerial and editorial direction of both services including staff located in London, in over 20 African countries, and the websites bbcafrique.com and bbcgreatlakes.com.
Razvan says: “I am greatly honoured to take this role, and it’s a real privilege to be working with such a dedicated and talented team whose programmes represent essential listening to so many people.”
BBC in French for Africa – BBC Afrique – broadcasts daily programmes to millions of people in 23 countries across four time zones. BBC Great Lakes broadcasts programmes in Kinyarwanda and Kirundi to audiences in Rwanda, Burundi and neighbouring countries. Later this year, BBC Great Lakes will celebrate the 1,000th edition of its popular radio play, Urunana, which tackles health issues through drama.
Razvan Scortea was previously the Head of BBC Romanian, a position he held for five years. In this role he managed the transfer of most of the live radio output from London to Bucharest, the setting up of a new office in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau, and the launch of several FM relays.
Razvan first joined BBC Romanian in 1991 reporting on stories that reflected a time of great change and upheaval. They include Eastern Europe’s difficult transition from authoritarian rule to multi-party democracy, the fate of the secret police, the mass privatisation of industry, disputed elections and the expansion of the European Union.
In the mid-Nineties, Razvan worked on the first BBC television current affairs programme in a vernacular language for Eastern Europe. In 2000 Razvan became an Editor with BBC Romanian and was instrumental in the launching of its website.
He later worked with the BBC’s international charity, BBC World Service Trust, on projects that took him to Azerbaijan, Serbia and Turkmenistan. Before joining the BBC, Razvan worked as a translator and reporter in Romania.