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BBC England director Helen Thomas has stood down amid a restructure that will include the appointment of six heads of local production.

Thomas remains with the BBC, according to a Private Eye report, working a major review of its output, with Jason Horton, head of BBC South, taking up the role ahead of the BBC’s recruitment this autumn of a director of production for BBC Local, a newly-created position.

She had held the role since 2018.

The heads of local production will oversee local TV and radio across six regions.

BBC England head of TV commissioning Aisling O’Connor had joined the BBC’s content division and will report to chief content officer Charlotte Moore.

Meanwhile, the BBC is hunting for a new Panorama editor following Rachel Jupp’s appointment to editorial executive, according to Broadcast.

Working closely with Charlotte Moore, Jupp will provide editorial and creative support across all BBC divisions and will advise on planning, talent, diversity and impartiality.

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