Mark Linsey took over as Acting Director of BBC Television when longtime exec Danny Cohen exited last October. He has now been named Director of BBC Studios, the new production division being created as the corporation separates TV production from TV commissioning.
Subject to talks with the BBC Trust and the government, BBC Studios is due to become a wholly-owned subsidiary which could create programming for other broadcasters as well, in return for abolishing the current guarantee that 50% of BBC shows are made in-house.
Linsey is a 20-year TV veteran, having held production roles at LWT, Hat Trick Productions and Tiger Aspect, among others. In 2009, he was named BBC Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, responsible for programs like Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show, The Apprentice, Strictly Come Dancing and the Graham Norton Show. In 2013, he also took on the role of Deputy Director of Television.
His appointment leaves the post of Director of Television vacant for the moment, although the BBC said today that an announcement of a “new structure” will come in the next few weeks. Charlotte Moore will be responsible for BBC Television in the interim.