BBC News Chief Leaving Role To Set Up Media Company With "Distinct Point of View"

Head of BBC News James Harding is leaving his position after four years to set up a new media company that has "a distinct approach to the news and a clear point of view." 


In announcing his departure, Harding said there was some journalism that "the BBC, for all its brilliance, can’t, and probably shouldn’t, do. And that’s what I want to explore."

Previously editor of Rupert Murdoch's London-based The Times, Harding received accusations of bias from all sides of the political spectrum during his time at the BBC. 

"I know I will enjoy the chance to do some more journalism of my own and, at such a critical time, I’m seriously excited about the prospect of building a new venture in news. I look forward to being able to say more about it when we get started in the New Year,” he said in a statement.

Harding is credited with introducing the slow news initiative at the BBC earlier this year.  "We need slow news, news with more depth – data, investigations, analysis, expertise – to help us explain the world we’re living in,” he said at the time.

Harding is a long-time friend of former U.K. chancellor George Osborne, the current editor of news organization the London Evening Standard.