UK pubcaster BBC Group has appointed Bob Shennan to the newly created role of managing director.
Shennan (pictured), who currently serves as director of radio and music, will oversee BBC Group matters related to strategy, policy, legal, commercial rights and business affairs. He will also shepherd the development and execution of a new strategy to attract and develop on-air and on-screen talent, in addition to coordinating what the BBC does between its commercial and public service operations.
Shennan will take up his new post in April, and will also sit on the company’s executive committee.
Shennan joined the BBC in 1987 and has held positions in a number of senior roles including head of BBC Sport and director of BBC Music.
In other BBC related news, digital-only pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned London indie October Films for a new documentary about mental health featuring Jesy Nelson of British girl group Little Mix.
Jesy Nelson: My Story (working title) will look at how social media impacts the mental health of young people. Nelson, whose fame with Little Mix has brought her intense media scrutiny, will bring her unique insight to the documentary as she shares her personal experiences and talks to young people who have been affected by social media.
Jesy Nelson: My Story will premiere exclusively on BBC3 before it airs on BBC1.
“We hope [Jesy's] encounters whilst making the documentary will be helpful both to her and millions of others around the country who are going through similar experiences,” said David Brindley, BBC’s head of commissioning for popular factual and factual entertainment, in a statement.