BBC hires C4′s Anne Bulford

Channel 4 chief operating officer Anne Bulford (pictured) will join rival British network the BBC in the newly created position of MD of finance and operations.
February 26, 2013

Anne Bulford (pictured) is leaving her post as UK broadcaster Channel 4′s chief operating officer to join the BBC in the newly created position of managing director of finance and operations.

Bulford, who will make the move this summer, will oversee finance, operations, technology, legal, risk and assurance, property, commercial rights and business affairs. The role combines the two posts of chief financial officer and chief operating officer and pays a salary of £395,000 (US $599,000). She will also sit on the BBC’s executive and worldwide boards.

The appointment follows the resignation of current chief financial officer Zarin Patel and the closure of the chief operating officer post last September.

“Anne’s appointment is another significant step towards building a senior management team with the creative and strategic skills to lead the BBC for the next decade,” BBC director-general Tony Hall said in a statement. “She is a remarkable talent with a very impressive track record and we are very lucky to have secured her skills for the BBC in such a competitive market.”

Prior to joining Channel 4 in 2005, Bulford worked alongside Hall as the director of finance and business affairs for London’s Royal Opera House and before that she was finance director at Carlton Productions. She previously worked at the BBC as head of internal audit and as finance director of BBC Productions.

“I am really looking forward to returning to the BBC,” added Bulford. “I have such great respect for the organization and cannot wait to come back and be a part of the new management team. I am also very pleased to be working with Tony once again.”

Bulford’s appointment is the latest in a series of senior management hires and appointments announced ahead of Hall’s arrival on April 2. Last week, he named former British culture minister James Purnell as director of strategy and digital, and appointed Helen Boaden, formerly director of BBC News, as director of BBC Radio.

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