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Richard Burgess

Richard Burgess is the Head of UK News, BBC News

Richard Burgess is the BBC’s Head of Home News, a position he has held since the start of 2016. During his time in the job, the news agenda in the UK has been dominated by major stories including Brexit, terror attacks, the Grenfell fire, two General Elections and the coronavirus pandemic. Richard is responsible for all the reporters and producers covering UK news on network BBC television, radio and its digital platforms. BBC News has twice won the RTS Home News Award during his time in the job, with their coverage of teenager Molly Russell’s death, and her father’s blaming of Instagram, taking the 2020 prize. He started his career in local newspapers, initially at the Grimsby Evening Telegraph before moving to the Manchester Evening News. He wrote a book on the fortunes of his favourite football club, City, called Blue Moon Rising.

Position: Head of UK News, BBC News
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