BBC Productions’ chief creative officer Pat Younge (pictured) is stepping down from his position after three and a half years.
In a email to staff, Younge said his decision was prompted by BBC Television’s recent restructuring of its commissioning and production divisions into a genre-based model.
Although he “fully” supports the new structure, “the changes significantly impact the focus of my current role and responsibilities,” he wrote, adding that he intends to explore new opportunities inside the BBC and externally when his term expires at the year’s end.
“I’m very proud of the work we’ve delivered in production during my time in post,” he continued. “Personally, it’s been a privilege to lead what I believe is the most creative team of program makers in the business.”
As the in-house unit’s chief creative officer, Younge oversees comedy, drama, entertainment and factual television, multi-platform initiatives and some radio production. Prior to taking the role in 2010, he was the president and general manager of Travel Channel Media.
“I would like to thank Pat for his absolute commitment to in-house production over the last three and a half years,” Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, wrote in an internal memo. “Pat has played an instrumental role in laying the foundations for one single ‘UK Network TV Production,’ ensuring that there are sustainable production centres right across the UK. This has been a huge and important piece of work for the BBC.”
Cohen added it will be “business as usual” until Younge departs at the end of the year, and said he will announce future plans in the fall.