Paul has been the Deputy Editor of the News at Six and Ten for the past four years and has played a leading role in all the major stories during that time – including the 2010 General Election, the many twists and turns of the Arab Uprisings, England’s riots and London 2012.
In particular, Paul has been vital in shaping the bulletins’ coverage of foreign news, ensuring they showcase the BBC’s outstanding global news network. He has also been executive producer of BBC News: The Editors.
Prior to that, Paul was an Assistant Editor on the bulletins, editing programmes that included the breaking of the Cash for Questions scandal, the Rhys Jones murder, and the attempted Haymarket terror attacks.
Prior to joining the Six and Ten, Paul was Deputy Editor on BBC Breakfast, during a period when the programme re-launched, to become the most-watched early morning show.
Paul joined the BBC in 1997 – as part of the original BBC News 24 (now the BBC News Channel). His career with TV news started with ITV Meridian. His career in journalism began in newspapers.
Mary Hockaday, Head of the BBC Newsroom, said: “Paul will bring his deep editorial experience and television production flair to BBC One’s flagship news bulletins in their new studio in Broadcasting House. He has a clear vision to showcase the very best of BBC journalism for BBC One audiences and increasingly provide great content for audiences on digital platforms too. He will be unstinting in his desire to bring out the best of BBC News.”
Paul Royall said: “I’m thrilled to be asked to lead these outstanding programmes. Their quality and consistency are evident every day. They are the most watched, with our audiences central to what we do.
“We also head into an exciting new phase. Established in our new home in Broadcasting House, I want to retain what we have, but also build and develop for the future. In a fast moving world, the bulletins remain key for our audiences, and I will ensure they continue to strive for outstanding and original coverage.
“We are fortunate to have brilliant presenters and correspondents. They are supported by an unrivalled production team – which is creative, energetic and determined. I’m sure what lies ahead will produce unbeatable programmes for our audiences, reflecting the best of BBC News and its values. It really is an exciting time to be taking over.”
Paul will begin his new role from Monday 22 July. He takes up the post from James Stephenson, who was recently appointed as Head of BBC World News and Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom.