BBC News has today announced the appointment of Nikki Fox to the new role of Disability Correspondent.   Nikki Fox is a Sony award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has made a number of documentaries for Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, including ‘Beyond Disability: The Adventures of a Blue Badger’ and ‘Disabled and Desperate to Work’.  She also regularly appears as a contributor on Richard Bacon’s Moan-In on Radio 5 Live.

On television, Nikki has reported on disability issues for The One Show and Rip Off Britain and has worked as both a reporter and producer on factual entertainment programmes.

“Nikki’s appointment demonstrates BBC News’ commitment to providing the best disability news reporting across the country. The role of Disability Correspondent is the first of a number of positions to be created within our new disability news team as we continue to bolster our specialist reporting” said Fran Unsworth, Deputy Director of BBC News.

Nikki will be based at MediaCity Salford, working as part of a team of three broadcast journalists dedicated to the reporting of disability issues. She will be supported by producer Ruth Clegg, who brings a wealth of experience in radio, TV and online journalism, as well as a dedicated cameraperson who is yet to be appointed.

“We are delighted to welcome Nikki Fox to BBC News. She is a talented broadcaster with an in-depth understanding of disability issues and her appointment is an important addition to our specialist journalism, allowing us to report disability stories with new expertise and commitment” said Gary Smith, UK News Editor for BBC News.

“I am beyond excited to be joining BBC News and am thrilled to be able to work as part of a specialist team of journalists, dedicated to the reporting of disability issues for a national audience, in a new and fresh way” said Nikki Fox.

Nikki will take up her new role at the beginning of June.