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BBC names Channel 4 vet Jonathan Rothery head of pop music, TV

Following a decade at Channel 4, Jonathan Rothery is joining the BBC in the newly created position of head of pop music, TV. Reporting to Lorna Clarke, BBC’s director of music, Rothery will focus ...
July 19, 2022

Following a decade at Channel 4, Jonathan Rothery is joining the BBC in the newly created position of head of pop music, TV.

Reporting to Lorna Clarke, BBC’s director of music, Rothery will focus solely on pop music commissions across TV, BBC iPlayer and digital, while collaborating with radio and BBC Sounds to deliver across the portfolio. He takes on the new role on September 12.

Rothery joined Channel 4 as commissioning editor in 2012, overseeing programming from live music events such as the Mercury Music Prize and the iTunes Festival. His music programming commissions include Four to the Floor and the international hits John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky and George Michael: Freedom.

From 2018 Rothery also began commissioning entertainment programs, including shows like Sunday Brunch, Tattoo Fixers and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Among his recent commissions are Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, Johnny Vegas: Carry On Glamping, Trip Hazard and the forthcoming reality series Tempting Fortune, which was co-funded with Roku.

Prior to joining Channel 4, Rothery was commissioning editor for music and entertainment at Sky, where he oversaw numerous events and festivals and produced shows including Popworld (C4), 4 Music Presents (C4) and Big Brother’s Little Brother (C4/E4). Before that, he had a stint at BBC Music Entertainment, where he worked on shows including Top of the Pops (BBC One), Later… with Jools Holland (BBC Two) and Glastonbury Festival (BBC Two/BBC Three).

“With over 20 years working in television, Jonathan now brings his incredible skills and experience as a hugely respected program-maker, executive producer and commissioner to the BBC’s music team,” Clarke said in a release. “Having worked at a senior level on a vast range of content and formats, I’m looking forward to him bringing his genuine love for music and creativity and vision as he joins the BBC to deliver our world-class programming across all our platforms.”

Rothery added: “I feel very privileged to have spent 10 years commissioning such a broad range of shows and working with such amazing people at Channel 4. The opportunity to set my sights back on music TV, and more specifically help build on the amazing slate of shows the BBC has to offer, is a dream role for me.”

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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