Global News Director Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse appointed British journalist Phil Chetwynd to the post of Global News Director in January 2019 –the first time a foreign national has been named to the Agency’s top editorial position. For the previous six years, he was AFP’s editor-in-chief.
Chetwynd joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He was also AFP’s deputy bureau chief in China.
Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong first as news editor and then chief editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he helped set up AFP’s first multimedia integrated newsroom. Since 2012 he has been based at AFP headquarters in Paris.