MediaCityUK-based McIntosh joined the BBC in April 2013 after a career in journalism that had spanned the Wall Street Journal’s Europe edition, The Guardian and the Edinburgh Evening News.

The 40-year-old Scot’s track record of online success – he launched Europe and the Guardian’s blog, audio and video output – convinced the BBC he was the best man to lead its suite of websites, including BBC News, Sport and the iPlayer.