BBC’s Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore has announced that the channel controller roles for BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4 will be dropped as part of a major restructure of the BBC’s TV division.
The BBC says the restructure is driven driven by Director-General Tim Davies’ focus on “unique, high-impact content which audiences feel is for them.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC’s Chief Content Officer says: “The new structure I’m announcing today will mean a radical change in the way we commission content, so that the BBC delivers more value to all audiences. BBC iPlayer will be at the very heart of our offer, but our channels are what set us apart and will continue to be critical to our success. We must feel indispensable to audiences across the UK, and these changes will help us to commission the most creative and ambitious programmes – reinforcing the BBC’s position as the world’s greatest broadcaster and the most dynamic partner for talent.”
The existing genre Controllers will move into Director roles with “greater accountability for audience performance and the creative pipeline across the BBC’s services.” A new portfolio Director of BBC iPlayer & Channels will bring together all of the programming and curation activity across BBC iPlayer and the channels.
Three new roles have been created working to the Portfolio Director; a new leadership role for iPlayer, and two Portfolio Editors working across BBC One and BBC Two and Four.
The “simpler, more streamlined system” will mark the end of the ‘twin tick’ between genres and channels, whilst the remit and responsibility of the genre directors is expanded.
Patrick Holland will move into the Director of Factual position, and Shane Allen (Comedy), Rose Garnett (Film), Kate Phillips (Entertainment) and Piers Wenger (Drama) will all become Directors of their respective genres. Dan McGolpin will move into the newly created portfolio role as Director of BBC iPlayer & Channels. All six Directors will report to Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore.
BBC Three remains unchanged, with Fiona Campbell as Controller who will retain a commissioning tick and report to the Director of BBC iPlayer and Channels in this new structure, recognising the BBC’s commitment to better serve young audiences. The Head of Portfolio Scheduling, Channel Editor of Daytime and Early-Peak and Head of Programme Acquisition will all sit within the new Portfolio team.
The closure of existing channel controller roles for BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Four Editor will continue to be in place until the new roles are appointed and the new model introduced in April 2021.