BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (BBCWW ANZ) has appointed Tim Christlieb (pictured) to the role of director of channels, while a review of the local channel strategy sees the exit of director of television Natalie Edgar.
In his new role, Christlieb - who has served as head of channels since October 2013 – will lead the programming and acquisitions strategy across BBCWW ANZ’s roster of locally managed channels, which includes BBC First, BBC UKTV, BBC Knowledge, BBC CBeebies in Australia, and BBC UKTV and BBC Knowledge in New Zealand.
Christlieb joined BBCWW ANZ in May 2012 as head of programming and production, and was later promoted to head of channels. Previously, he served for two years as BBCWW’s head of scheduling for the Nordics and Italy.
Before joining BBCWW, the exec was head of UK channel operations at MTV Networks and, prior to this, served as deputy head of entertainment at Gateway Broadcast Services. Christlieb also held a number of programming and presentation positions at media companies such as NBCUniversal (UK), Europe Movieco Partners Ltd. and Sky.
Christlieb’s appointment comes after a review of the local channel strategy that finds the company cutting Natalie Edgar’s position as director of television for ANZ.
Edgar joined BBCWW in the role in January 2014, overseeing local content expenditure and format production in addition to programming and acquisitions across BBCWW ANZ’s portfolio of channels. The exec designed the channels’ programming and acquisitions strategy and helped to launch BBC First in August 2014. Edgar also managed the company’s relationship with FremantleMedia Australia across a number of format productions.