Charlotte Moore confirmed as new BBC1 boss

Former factual supremo delighted to be given "the most exciting and creative job in television"

The TV executive behind BBC2’s hit documentaries Inside Claridges and Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die has been confirmed as the new controller of BBC1.


The BBC’s documentaries commissioning editor Charlotte Moore, who has been performing the role in an acting capacity since the former incumbent Danny Cohen was promoted to director of television earlier this year, will take on the role with immediate effect.

The factual figurehead who has been the BBC documentaries commissioner since 2009, said that her new post was “the most exciting and creative job in television”.

“BBC1 has a unique role to play in this country and I’m looking forward to working with many talented people,” she added.

Moore takes over a BBC1 still reaping the benefits of a successful coverage of the London 2012 Olympics. The channel also boasts a strong line up of dramas in its armoury such Call the Midwife, Last Tango in Halifax, Sherlock and Doctor Who.

One of her major tasks will be to keep Strictly Come dancing on form and to find a way of resurrecting The Voice for its third – and possibly last – run on BBC1.

She will also oversee Dopctor Who’s fiftieth birthday celebrations in November.

BBC director of television Danny Cohen said: “Charlotte has proven herself as a highly talented creative leader, with fantastic credentials as a commissioner and a reputation as a thoughtful and collaborative colleague. She has a passion for storytelling and a real understanding of audiences and BBC1’s commitment to scale, range and risk-taking.”


The Corporation’s Director-General, Tony Hall, added: “This is a very critical appointment. I was really excited by Charlotte’s ideas and vision, they have a boldness and originality that is absolutely what the channel should offer.”