The BBC is expected to confirm the appointment of Jess Brammar, a former deputy editor of Newsnight and editor of HuffPost UK, to a top news role in a decision that could anger ministers amid concerns about her impartiality.
BBC sources said that it was pressing ahead with the appointment and that an announcement was anticipated “quite soon”. The appointment would be one of the final acts of Fran Unsworth, who is stepping down as the BBC’s director of news in January.
Brammar will take on a new role overseeing the BBC’s domestic and international news channels. The role is influential given that the BBC News channel is the fifth most-used news source in the UK.
The decision to push on with Brammar’s appointment is