BBC ditches channel controllers in radical restructure

Current BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore becomes Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer, while BBC2 and BBC4 boss Kim Shillinglaw has announced she will leave the Corporation

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The BBC has announced a major restructuring of the management of its television channels, with current BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore set to take charge of all of the BBC’s broadcast TV channels as well as BBC iPlayer.

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Separate channel ‘controllers’ will be scrapped in favour of a single point of contact for all of the BBC’s main channels.

Under the new system, Moore will head up BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 and BBC iPlayer in a new role, Controller of TV Channels and iPlayer, designed to ensure that all the Corporation’s TV channels “work in a complementary way” while recognising the growing importance of iPlayer.

Meanwhile, BBC2 and BBC4 boss Kim Shillinglaw has chosen to leave the BBC following the reshuffle, saying “when you don’t get the big job it’s time to move on”. A new less senior role, Editor of BBC2, will be created.

The changes come in the wake of the departure of BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen, announced last October. At the time, sources told RadioTimes.com that his former post would be “diminished and redefined“.

A BBC statement today said the changes were part of “the BBC’s progress in creating a simpler and more efficient structure.”

Acting Director of Television Mark Linsey said that the restructure would simplify the commissioning process, giving programme makers a “single point of contact” for all of the BBC’s TV channels.

Explaining Moore’s new post, Linsey said, “This role will allow her to take a view across channels to drive distinctiveness, quality and risk-taking even further, whilst offering a single point of contact for programme-makers and ensuring audiences get the best programmes, however and wherever they choose to watch.”

Linsey also paid tribute to Shillinglaw, calling her “an outstanding leader of BBC2 and 4”, adding, “I will be very sorry to see her go, but am incredibly grateful for her contribution.”

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Shillinglaw said, “I wish the BBC, Mark and Charlotte every success with the many changes BBC TV needs to make. I’ve loved modernising BBC2 and 4 over the last two years but when you don’t get the big job it’s time to move on. And I’m looking forward to another big challenge.”