NPR Executive Tapped to Lead BBC in U.S.

NPR executive editor Dick Meyer will lead the BBC’s operations in the U.S, it was announced today. In this role, Meyer will oversee BBC World News America, the U.S. edition of the BBC News website, and stateside newsgathering. His appointment comes after the departure of Rome Hartman who joined NBC News. Hartman shared his thoughts on the BBC’s operations in America via a BBC College of Journalism event this past July. Below are notables quotes we compiled.

Digital Innovation

“If the BBC wants to be a really top-ranked player in online news, it needs to innovate much more quickly and much more nimbly than it does now.”

The Power of the BBC

“I’ve always felt that the BBC somehow falls a little bit short of asserting its power when it comes to its relationships with American media companies or networks. The BBC is a little bit shy…we kinda act like the junior partner.”

“We ought to be saying ‘listen, we’re the BBC,’ we have an amazing offering and we ought to act as if we do a little bit more than we have.”

“I don’t exactly know to what that ought to be attributed, but it’s something that I’ve seen across the bit…we’re sort of – a little – starstruck by the American media companies and they ought to be starstruck by us instead of the other way around.”

Commerce

“Here at the BBC, there sometimes is a naive view that you can’t have commerce and fairness co-existing, and I think the BBC needs to get over that.”

Covering the United States

“Having World News America based in the Washington bureau made the BBC’s journalism better.”

“Our audience is going to be more and more online – particularly in the U.S. We just have to figure out a way to get the best of BBC journalism…on to the news website.”

The Rundown…

Culture: It’s true. Washingtonians are obsessed with power, money, and education. According to a study released by the Brookings Institute, the Washington region ranks as the best-educated in the country. Now that explains why we have access to the all those foreign news channels such as Russia Today, France 24, NHK World, BBC World News, Al-Jazeera English…(Washington Post)

Dining: Wolfgang Puck’s The Source starts serving brunch on Saturdays. (Washington Business Journal)

Infrastructure: The Park Service releases its vision for the National Mall. L’Enfant’s plan for the mall was inspired by the gardens at Versailles. If that’s true, then why does the mall look like a dump compared to the estate of Louis XIV? (NY Times)

Travel: Starting November 6th, Turkish Airlines will offer nonstop service from Istanbul to Dulles aboard a Boeing 777-300ER. (Air Transport World)

Media: Christiane Amanpour will start her gig at ABC”s This Week on August 1st.  (ABC News)

More Media: Jon Sopel to anchor BBC World News America for the next two weeks. (@BBCJonSopel)

Retail: Forever 21 opened its G Street location in DC. That recession went by fast. (PQ Living)

More Retail: British retailer Next unveil their Autumn/Fall collection. (Next Direct)

Beyond Our Borders: Thierry Henry joins the New-York Red Bulls and will play his first game on July 22nd. (AP)

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