BBC editor of news online Peter Clifton has been promoted to oversee the BBC's internet and interactive news services, writes Leigh Holmwood.
Clifton, who will take up the post in the autumn, becomes editor, BBC News Interactive replacing Mike Smartt, who is leaving the BBC after 25 years to tackle "new projects".Smartt oversaw the launch of the award-winning online news site, which has since become one of the most popular websites in Europe.Clifton, who will oversee around 100 journalists, will be charged with continuing the site's development as well as being in charge of content on interactive television, text services and the BBC's TV-based interactive information service Ceefax.He will report to head of new media Richard Deverell.Meanwhile, the BBC last week submitted its final report to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) on media secretary Tessa Jowell's review into its online services.A DCMS spokeswoman said the submission would be published when the reviewer's appointment was announced, which is expected in the next few weeks.