Jon Gripton has been announced as the new Managing Editor for BBC Jersey.
Jon will take over from Denzil Dudley, who retires in October after more than 30 years’ service with the BBC and 12 years with BBC Jersey.
Jon joins the BBC from Sky, where he has worked for the last 10 years, most recently as senior news editor for skynews.com.
He has extensive experience in local, regional, national and international news. He recently produced and led a Sky news expedition with the British Army to conquer the west ridge of Mount Everest – making television history as they became the first to broadcast live from Everest advanced base camp.
Prior to joining Sky, Jon was breakfast presenter at BBC Wiltshire Sound (now BBC Wiltshire) as well as the station’s deputy editor. He also worked as a reporter and producer for BBC regional television news in the South West, based in Bristol.
Jon has also worked in commercial radio as programme controller and news editor at Red Dragon FM and Touch AM in South Wales.
He said: “I am very excited to be joining such a dedicated and successful team, as well as looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that working with BBC Jersey will bring. I already regard what BBC Jersey produce as fantastic – it really is a jewel in BBC English Region’s output.
“I am delighted to become part of that success, and look forward to helping them achieve even more.”
Jane McCloskey, Head of Regional and Local Programming for the South West, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jon to the team. He has a wealth of experience in network television news and he is no stranger to regional broadcasting. I know he will be a real asset to BBC South West and will I’m sure build on Denzil’s legacy in the Channel Islands.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Denzil for all his hard work and to wish him well for the future.”
Jon is married, with a three-year-old daughter. He is also studying a BA in Social Sciences, Media and Economics with the Open University.