Sam Taylor

Executive Editor, BBC News Channel

Behind the scenes of the BBC’s flagship rolling news service… and the future of 24-hour TV news itself

11th May 2018

Sam Taylor is Executive Editor of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One. Starting his career as a news trainee in 1997, Sam oversees the coverage of huge breaking stories to an audience of 8 million; and combines both editorial and managerial responsibility, while also leading the channel’s future direction. In this in-depth interview, Sam talks about tackling cries of ‘BBC bias’ from passionate voices on either side of issues like Brexit, Trump, and Scottish independence; the right tone and mix of stories for the lunchtime bulletin; salaries of his presenters – and the furore over equal pay for women; keeping the channel relevant in the digital age to serve audiences old and new; the future of rolling news itself… and the perennial challenge of increasing quality with an ever-reducing budget.

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