The BBC has named George Entwistle (pictured) permanent director of BBC Vision, overseeing the UK public broadcaster’s television portfolio and replacing Jana Bennett, who left the role in January.
Entwistle was previously head of BBC Knowledge, the Corporation’s factual division, and had been handling Bennett’s role in an acting capacity for three months.
The BBC said the hire concluded “an extensive recruitment search” that followed Bennett’s move to BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster’s commercial wing, which saw her taking on the new role of president of worldwide networks and global iPlayer.
Entwistle takes on the role with immediate effect and will also join the BBC’s executive board. In a statement, he said he was “genuinely honored” by the promotion, adding: “The BBC’s television portfolio is of enormous importance to the creative and cultural life of the UK and is performing strongly in terms of quality and audience reach and share.
“At the heart of its success, BBC Vision Productions is responsible for some of the best television programs we broadcast. I feel enormously proud to be leading these teams and I will do my utmost to build on the legacy of talent and excellence left by my predecessor, Jana Bennett.”
BBC director general Mark Thompson added: “The breadth of his experience across journalism, the arts and factual programs, combined with his rock-solid editorial judgment and deep understanding of the BBC’s values, equip him brilliantly for this formidable task.
“I am looking forward to working closely with him to ensure the BBC’s television portfolio remains the envy of the broadcasting world.”