Duty editor

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A duty editor (also known as Editor of the Day) in news media, such as radio and television, is a senior journalist with editorial and managerial duties. A duty editor acts as an editor in the absence of the news editor (compare: duty officer). In many cases, it is the duty editor who takes most day-to-day decisions. The duty editor decides which content that shall be broadcast, how it shall be presented and in what order and gives assignments to reporters.[1]

In large media organizations, the actual editor or news editor is often a senior manager who is seldom directly involved in day-to-day decisions, having delegated editorial duties to a senior journalist. The duty editor is usually the most senior journalist who is present at a news desk.

There may be several duty editors on duty with different areas of responsibility; in the BBC, there is always a "home duty editor" and a "foreign duty editor" on duty, responsible for domestic and foreign news, respectively.


  1. ^ Sarah Niblock, Inside Journalism, London: Blueprint/Chapman & Hall, 1996, p. 130