Senior editor Angelina Fusco is the latest woman to leave BBC Northern Ireland
Published 09/05/2013 | 04:20
A senior BBC editor is the latest female member of staff preparing to leave the corporation, it has been confirmed.
Angelina Fusco, who is editor of Television News at BBC Northern Ireland, will leave at the end of June, it was revealed yesterday.
Ms Fusco, who has also been the editor of the BBC's flagship Newsline programme for almost 15 years, had worked for the broadcaster for 31 years.
Already this year weather forecaster Jackie McCann and newsreader Sarah Travers quit their jobs with the BBC, claiming they wanted to spend more time at home.
This month it was revealed that journalist Natasha Sayee was leaving the corporation for a new position in an international private sector company.
In 2012 Yvette Shapiro and Julia Paul were among the household names who left as part of the BBC's ongoing voluntary redundancy programme.
In a statement Ms Fusco said her decision to leave was an independent one and was a move she had decided on "months ago".
"I expect some people might ask about the timing of my departure and put two and two together – considering others who have left the BBC recently," she said. "The truth is that this is something I decided to do months ago."
Questions had been raised about why so many high-profile women were leaving BBC NI and why more steps weren't being taken to prevent the exodus from Broadcasting House. When asked if any other well-known faces or members of staff were due to leave, a spokesman for the BBC said it would not comment on individuals.
Ms Fusco, a mother-of-three, added: "I thought reaching the milestone of overseeing an hour of live television news every weekday for 15 years wasn't a bad time to give someone new the chance, and, for me, to try something else."
Peter Johnston, director BBC Northern Ireland, thanked her for "her commitment to BBC NI over so many years".
"She has dealt with many challenging stories during that time and played a key role in ensuring we marked major community events with real impact," he said.
Kathleen Carragher, head of news, said Ms Fusco had made a "huge contribution" over the years.
Angelina Fusco joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1982 from the Irish News and worked across radio and TV. After taking up the post of editor of Newsline in 1998, she was involved in a mara-thon 17 hours of coverage during the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.