BBC.com has appointed a new Aussie editor, Shaun Davies, to the team.
Davies is an experienced digital journalist and newsroom leader. He previously worked as managing editor at ninemsn and led editorial coverage for Microsoft news products across six countries in Southeast Asia.
His work has appeared in most major Australian newspapers, including The Australian, The Sunday Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald. Davies speaks fluent Japanese and most recently he worked as a PR consultant in Japan, where his clients included Uber and AOL Platforms.
“I think every young journalist has dreamed of working at the BBC, so obviously I’m thrilled to take up the role of Australian editor,” Davies said. “This is a fascinating time for digital news in Australia and I’m looking forward to helping carve a distinctive voice and position for the BBC in the market.”
BBC News website world editor Angus Foster said, “We are very excited Shaun has joined the BBC News website in Australia. He brings a wealth of experience of digital news, both in Australia and Asia, and will help us develop our coverage of Australian news and current affairs.”
Davies replaces outgoing editor Wendy Frew and will start in the Sydney office in December.
This follows on from the news that the BBC has overtaken CNN in ComScore’s digital rankings, reaching a global desktop audience of 75.6 million unique visitors each month, compared to 72.1 million for CNN.
BBC visitors are also more engaged, spending over three minutes per visit and generating close to 1.8 billion page views. The latest results have seen the BBC’s sites achieve their highest-ranking position in ComScore’s News and Information category, above competitors including CNN, Mail Online, NYT and The Guardian.