Liliane Landor BBC World Service Controller

BBC World Service Controller, Languages


As Controller, Languages, World Service Group, Liliane Landor is editorially and managerially responsible for all 28 language services on BBC radio, TV and on line and 1400 staff in the UK and internationally.

She began her career at the BBC with the French service before presenting Europe Today in the News and Current Affairs department of the BBC World Service. Hers was one of the first non-British voices on air.

Two years later, Liliane moved on to edit Newshour, BBC World Service’s flagship news and current-affairs programme. When The World Today started, Liliane became one of the programme’s core presenters and subsequently the programme’s editor.

In January 2002 she joined the senior management team as Editor, Programmes, News and Current Affairs, becoming Head of BBC World Service News and Current Affairs in 2006, responsible for all the daily and weekly journalism of the World Service in English.

Her tenure has been recognised with some top industry awards. In 2008 BBC World Service News and Current Affairs won 10 Sony Awards – a singular achievement recognising the breadth and excellence of its journalism.

At the end of 2009, Liliane Landor became Head of the Africa & Middle East region, BBC World Service, with overall responsibility for TV, radio and digital output in that region for one year, before being appointed Controller, Languages in what was then Global News (now World Service Group) in 2010.

Liliane was born in Lebanon and educated in France and Switzerland. She speaks five languages.

BASED IN:  London, UK



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