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Nick Cohen to leave BBC as broadcaster unveils more cuts

Nick Cohen (pictured), the BBC's multi-platform commissioner for factual and arts, is leaving the public service broadcaster to join a UK media agency, realscreen has learned, as the Corporation today unveiled further cuts to its TV division BBC Vision.
May 26, 2011

Nick Cohen (pictured), the BBC’s multi-platform commissioner for factual and arts, is leaving the public service broadcaster to join a UK media agency, realscreen has learned, as the Corporation today unveiled further cuts to its TV division BBC Vision.

Exact details of Cohen’s new role are unclear at present, but it is understood he will join the media agency in a senior role in August.

The news comes as the BBC today clarified that its previously announced downsizing would mean it no longer having dedicated multi-platform commissioners – although Cohen’s departure is unrelated to the reorganization.

In a blog post today, the BBC’s head of IPTV and TV online content Victoria Jaye explained: “We’re no longer looking to commission standalone websites, apps, or programme-bespoke software. Essentially, we’re investing in additional content to enrich the TV&iPlayer [division], which itself will evolve over time to introduce new features and functionality.

“By TV standards, the budget we have is not huge, so we don’t want to over-engineer the creative decision making process. Therefore indies’ points of contact are TV commissioners in the relevant genre who will be supported by the expertise within the TV&iPlayer editorial team.

“All creative discussions are had as part of the existing TV channel/genre process, and there is no longer any separate online or multi-platform commissioning/commissioners in Vision.”

A BBC spokeswoman said talks were currently underway with members of the multi-platform team and would not comment on the future of particular commissioners.

The news comes as the public broadcaster also today confirmed further cuts to BBC Vision. The network said earlier this year that 85-90 posts would close in Vision as part of a restructure that recast the organization into 10 new product divisions; however, it today told staff the number would be 90 to 100.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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