ITV Studios’ Pete Ogden, executive producer of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, is joining BBC Studios this May as creative director of entertainment north.
Based in Salford, England, he will report to Suzy Lamb, managing director of entertainment and music production.
Ogden is tasked with driving entertainment growth in the north, overseeing the development and delivery of new commissions for British pubcaster BBC and other global broadcasters and platforms.
He will also expand on a slate of shows already based in the north including A Question of Sport, Sport Relief and new daytime series such as Home Is Where the Art Is.
“The north is a major priority for us and I’m delighted Pete is joining BBC Studios and relocating to the north to take on this exciting challenge to grow our business in Salford. He’s a highly versatile creative, incredible with talent and will be a brilliant asset to our team,” Lamb said in a statement.
Ogden has produced ITV entertainment shows such as the Australian version of Chris and Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway for Channel 10, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and The X Factor, from Thames/Syco Entertainment. He also recently executive produced In For A Penny for ITV.
BBC Studios has eight production bases around the UK, including Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Salford, Birmingham, Aberdeen and Belfast, as well as London.