BBC Worldwide has appointed George Entwistle, the BBC’s director of Vision as a non-executive director on the BBC Worldwide Board.

Entwistle’s appointment, which will take effect immediately, follows the appointment of the BBC Director-General as chairman of BBC Worldwide earlier this year. He will not be remunerated for his role on the BBC Worldwide Board.

Commenting on the appointment, BBC Worldwide Chairman, Mark Thompson, said, “I am pleased to announce that the director of Vision is to join the BBC Worldwide Board, given the close connectivity and collaboration between BBC Worldwide and BBC Vision.”

George Entwistle added, “The investment from BBC Worldwide into the BBC’s TV programmes plays a vital role in funding the high quality and much-loved programmes that licence fee payers expect, so I’m pleased to be able to work with BBC Worldwide at a time when that contribution will become increasingly important.”

George Entwistle, who is seen as a leading contender to succeed Thomson to the post of BBC Director General, was appointed director of BBC Vision in May 2011. A member of the BBC’s Executive Board, he is responsible for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC One HD, BBC HD, BBC Films, Vision Productions and has editorial oversight for UKTV.

Staff Reporter