Vicky Taylor is the Commissioning Editor for New Media News and Current Affairs for Channel 4. She was brought up in the North-East of England and studied English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University. After joining Thomson Regional Newspapers as a graduate trainee she worked for three years on the Newcastle Journal as a news reporter and feature writer. In 1986 she joined the BBC in the Current Affairs department as a researcher, thinking it would be a short stay before joining a national newspaper, but ended up staying for over 20 years. From 1986 to leaving in November 2008 for Channel 4, she worked on most of the News and Current Affairs programmes – Breakfast, Newsnight, On the Record, the Nine O’Clock News and political programmes. For many years she was a programme editor of live political programmes at the BBC Millbank offices, which included Election, Budget and political TV and Radio programming. In 2001 she joined the BBC News website and found online journalism so exciting and rewarding (in terms of instant audience feedback) she moved there after the Election. As Editor, Interactivity, she launched the User Generated content hub in the BBC news website and pioneered the audience participation strategy for BBC News. She has been at Channel 4 for just over a year and is working on taking the television News and Current Affairs brands onto the web and digital platforms. This includes web content for Dispatches and Unreported World on www.channel4.com and a commissioning strategy for Channel 4 News to integrate the tv and web journalism and launch some key web and social media tools.