The BBC has today announced a management reorganization across the channel portfolio with Charlotte Moore stepping up to Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer. At the same time, BBC Two and BBC Four Controller Kim Shillinglaw is leaving the corporation. This is the latest exec shake-up at the BBC following the November departure of Director of Television Danny Cohen and the subsequent resignation of Creative Director Alan Yentob in December.
Moore, a longtime BBC exec who is currently Controller of BBC One, will become the creative, editorial and strategic leader of BBC One, Two, Four and the streaming iPlayer catch-up service. The appointment was made after an internal recruitment process. Shillinglaw is understood to have applied for the post as well.
The re-org heads in the direction of simplifying the broadcaster’s structure as it faces a charter renewal and continued cost cutting. The BBC says this will “support new, creative approaches to programming and scheduling that reflect changing audience behavior and the growing role of BBC iPlayer, as well as encouraging greater collaboration and allowing simpler movement of ideas and talent across the portfolio. It will also create a more streamlined commissioning system, with a single point of contact and faster decision-making.”
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Moore, who has had greenlight oversight at flagship BBC One, will report to Mark Linsey. Linsey is Acting Director of Television, having taken over for the exited Cohen in what’s been said is a temporary set-up. Adam Barker, who is Channel Executive at BBC Two and Four, will take up the new role of Acting Editor, BBC Two with Shillinglaw’s position eliminated.
Shillinglaw has run BBC Two since April 2014 and “modernized” its identity said Linsey. Some of the programs for which she was responsible include comedy Boy Meets Girl, factual experiment Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Chinese School and one-off play adaptation The Dresser. Linsey said, “She has been an outstanding leader of BBC Two and Four and I will be very sorry to see her go, but am incredibly grateful for her contribution.”
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