Danny Cohen named BBC Television head

The BBC1 controller has been named director of television by BBC director general Tony Hall, taking over the post from acting director Roger Mosey.
April 23, 2013

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen has been named as the director of BBC Television, taking over the post from acting director Roger Mosey.

The appointment, made by director general Tony Hall, solidifies Hall’s senior management team.

Cohen will sit on the BBC’s executive and management boards and will oversee the British pubcaster’s four main channels as well as its iPlayer and online content for BBC Television. He will also oversee the drama, entertainment, and comedy genres as well as BBC Knowledge and BBC Films. He will also have responsibility for the BBC Television archive and its in-house BBC Productions.

Cohen had been controller of BBC1 since 2010. Among his commissions are the UK version of The Voice and the hit period drama Call the Midwife. According to the BBC, last year the channel enjoyed  its largest growth in peak share to date and its first all-hours share growth.

“I’m honored to be taking over as director of BBC Television,” said Cohen in a statement. “Our ambition is to be the finest broadcaster and producer in the world and our values will be based on talent, creativity, storytelling and innovation. I’ve had a wonderful time at BBC1 and am grateful for the work of all the talented people who have made the channel the most popular in the UK in recent years.”

“Key to his success has been an ability to provide viewers with a mixture of high quality programs they enjoy whilst also introducing them to new subjects they might not have considered before,” said Hall of Cohen.”I am looking forward to seeing his impressive mix of creativity and vision being put to great effect across the whole of the BBC Television portfolio.”

Cohen will commence the new role on May 7, and will be paid a full package of £327,800, according to the BBC.



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