Nov 30, 2011 11:44 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

NPR loses 2nd news executive as BBC hires Meyer

WASHINGTON (AP) - NPR Executive Editor Dick Meyer is leaving the public radio network to lead BBC News America.

Meyer's appointment at BBC was announced Wednesday. Since 2009, he has been NPR's executive editor, managing all news operations.

His resignation follows the departure of NPR's top news executive Ellen Weiss in January.

NPR's search for a news leader has been on hold until new CEO Gary Knell starts work on Thursday.

Before public radio, Meyer was editorial director of and was a producer for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather."

Beginning in February 2012, Meyer will lead the BBC's U.S. newscast "BBC World News America" and its American website. In a statement, he says the BBC has "real opportunity for growth" in the U.S. as American news organizations struggle.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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