Helen Boaden

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A woman standing with her hands resting on a railing standing at the bottom of a curved staircase in a glass building.
Photograph © Anita Corbin

First Woman Director of BBC news

April 2011, BBC White City, London

b. 1956, Colchester

Helen Boaden spent 34 years at the BBC, starting as reporter on local radio and ending up on the executive board. She was the first woman editor of Radio 4’s investigative programme, File on 4, and the BBC’s first female Head of Current Affairs. Helen became the BBC’s first female Director of News in 2004 at the age of 48, leading 8000 staff at home and abroad.

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