Roly Keating leaving BBC for British Library

Roly Keating, the current director of archive content for the BBC and a former controller of BBC2 and BBC4, is joining the British Library as CEO.
May 10, 2012

Roly Keating, currently director of archive content for the BBC, will take up the post of CEO at the British Library in September of this year.

The former controller of BBC2 and BBC4 “has a strong record of creative leadership and strategic innovation at the BBC and has wide experience and a deep commitment to the digital information environment,” said Baroness Blackstone, chairman of the British Library.

“It’s a huge honor to have the opportunity to lead one of the UK’s greatest cultural institutions, at a time of exciting change driven by the Internet and connected media,” said Keating of his appointment, while Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, commented that Keating “always had a keen understanding of the BBC ethos of making the good popular and the popular good.”

In 1999 Keating was named controller of BBC digital channels, moving to controller of arts commissioning in 2000, and then to controller of BBC4 in 2001. He remained in that role until 2004, when he moved to the controller post at BBC2. In all, he has been with the British public broadcaster for nearly 30 years.


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