Former chief advisor editorial policy Stephen Whittle returns to BBC to head up cross-channel editorial planning
Director of the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) Stephen Whittle is to quit the organisation to re-join the BBC as its controller of editorial policy, writes Ann-Marie Corvin.

Whittle, who worked at the BBC between 1977 and 1996, takes over from outgoing controller, editorial policy Phil Harding, who is moving to the BBC World Service as director of English networks and news.

Whittle, who will take up the post in July, will have a remit to ensure that the BBC sets and observes the highest ethical and editorial standards.

'It will be very good to get back to the front line and the challenges of getting programmes of ambition and quality to air,' he said.

BSC chairman Lord Dubs described Whittle's departure as a 'sad loss.' 'He has done great job with us over the past five years,'he said.