BBC News, America Appoints Dick Meyer Executive Producer

Dick Meyer has been named executive producer of BBC News America, it was announced Tuesday. He replaces Rome Hartman, who left to join NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams as executive producer.

Effective Feb. 2012, Meyer will have editorial oversight of BBC World News America and the U.S. version of BBC News' Web site. In addition, he will advise on the strategy and production of BBC's other U.S. news content, including the 24-hour channel BBC World News and BBC World Service radio productions. Meyer will work alongside BBC's Newsgathering Bureau in Washington, D.C., and BBC News in London.

Meyer comes to BBC from NPR, where, since 2009, he had served as the executive editor responsible for managing NPR's worldwide news operation.

"I am honored and humbled by this new responsibility," said Meyer in a statement. "The BBC is simply the greatest newsgathering operation in the world today. As American news organizations undergo difficult change, the BBC has an important role in this country and a real opportunity for growth. I am proud to have the chance to help with that important work."