Jon Williams will take up the role of Managing Director of News and Current Affairs in January 2017. Jon has been Managing Editor, International News, at ABC News in New York since March 2013, where he shaped the organisation’s international news coverage and strategy.
He led ABC’s reporting of the war in Ukraine, the European refugee crisis, and the coverage of the ISIS terrorist attacks in Europe, as well as driving innovation, including the use of 360 and virtual reality video.
Jon was the BBC’s UK News Editor during the 2005 general election and 7/7 terror attacks on the London transport network, coverage of which was recognised with a BAFTA award.
From 2000-2003 he was the Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Six O’Clock News, the UK’s most-watched news programme.
Most recently he was the BBC’s World News Editor, managing a staff of 200 people in 30 different countries.
Before leaving the BBC, he oversaw the reporting of the civil war in Syria, which earned him a second Emmy, and was honoured with the 2013 International Prize by the Royal Television Society.
Mr Williams was born and brought up in Liverpool and will be moving to Dublin to take up his new role with RTÉ.