BBC One controller Danny Cohen has been appointed director of BBC Television, rounding out the senior management team of new director general Tony Hall. Cohen will sit on the BBC’s executive and management boards and will oversee the BBC’s four main channels as well as the BBC iPlayer and online content for BBC Television. He also now oversees BBC Films as well as the broadcaster’s drama, entertainment, knowledge and comedy genres and BBC Productions, Europe’s largest TV production group.
Cohen was named controller in October 2010 and is responsible for such series commissions as Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, The Voice UK and Ripper Street. Upcoming series include the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Starz/BBC drama The White Queen, fantasy project Atlantis and BBC America co-production Strange And Norrell. Cohen starts his new job on May 7 at a salary of £327,800. Hall recently appointed the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s The Times newspaper, James Harding, as head of news.