Anne Morrison is the second woman to be named Chair in the history of BAFTA. She succeeds John Willis who will act as Deputy Chair for the next year. Morrison was previously Deputy Chair, a member of the Television Committee, Chair of the Learning Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. Since 2009, she has also been Director of the BBC Academy, overseeing the largest broadcast training organization in the UK. She officially departs the BBC later in 2014. Her tenure as BAFTA Chair will run for the next two years. Her background is principally in television production, starting as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC. Under her stewardship, the production department made such programs as The Secret Policeman, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Mischief and What Not To Wear; it also relaunched Top Gear. She was later appointed Programme Director of the Network Supply Review, planning and overseeing the growth of BBC network television from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Morrison said today, “I am delighted and deeply honored to become Chair of BAFTA. Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the prestigious Awards to the amazing year-round learning program that supports, nurtures and develops new talent. I look forward to sharing my passion for offering opportunities to talented young people, regardless of their background, and inspiring them to progress further in their careers. BAFTA has something for everyone, from young game designers to world-leading practitioners.”
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