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Cook swaps Scotland for California

BBC’s Twitter target heads to Hollywood

James CookBBC Scotland ‘hate figure’ James Cook is swapping Holyrood for Hollywood after getting a new job with the corporation.

Cook is one of five BBC correspondents promoted to new roles. Laura Bicker heads to Washington, Martin Patience to Lagos, Dave Lee to San Francisco, and John Sudworth to Beijing.

Cook, who chaired one of the Scottish television debates, was forced to defend himself on Twitter after being bombarded with hate messages when he reported that some SNP strategists had told him they would prefer a Tory government.

His report followed claims that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had made private comments supporting Conservative Party leader David Cameron to Labour leader Ed Miliband as the next Prime Minister, which she later denied making.

A number of BBC correspondents were subject to abuse and Cook was the most high-profile recipient. The BBC called for restraint, but it is understood that it did not contact the police.

Tonight he announced his move to the US on Twitter:

“From Holyrood to Hollywood. I’m starting a new job as Los Angeles Correspondent for BBC News later this summer. Exciting!”

 

 

 

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