James Stephenson, the editor of two of BBC News’ most prestigious news bulletins, has been promoted to deputy head of the corporation’s newsroom.

Stephenson, who narrowly missed out to Sam Taylor in the race to run the BBC News Channel this week, has been rewarded with the additional responsibilities, previously held by Kevin Bakhurst.

He will remain in charge of BBC News at Six and Ten, and will now deputise for the head of the BBC newsroom, Mary Hockaday.

“James is an extremely experienced BBC News editor with very sound news judgement and an excellent grasp of the strategic issues facing BBC News,” Hockaday said.

Stephenson joined the BBC as a researcher on Panorama in 1988 and his other roles have included deputy editor of Newsnight and executive editor of Question Time. He also launched the Politic Show in 2003.

Stephenson became editor of the BBC News at Six and Ten in September 2009, covering events including the 2010 general election, the eurozone crisis, the Arab Spring, and the Olympics.

Bakhurst, the former BBC News Channel controller, joined RTÉ as managing director of news and current affairs last month.