BBC Northern Ireland appoint Kevin Kelly as head of news

2023-05-22 11:35:48  • 2 mins

By Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI education correspondent

BBC Northern Ireland has appointed Kevin Kelly as its head of news and current affairs.

Mr Kelly has been in the role on an interim basis since 2022 and succeeds Adam Smyth who was recently appointed director of BBC Northern Ireland.

He faces challenges including the need to make savings and increase online news coverage.

On Friday, members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in BBC Northern Ireland went on strike.

That affected coverage of the council election results across online, TV and radio, although the service resumed in full on Saturday.

Mr Kelly has been with BBC Northern Ireland for almost 30 years, having joined the corporation as a journalist in 1994.

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