A revamped BBC top guard was announced yesterday as the Corporation tries to put its affairs back in order after the Savile-gate-exasperated ‘Entwistle wobble’.
Incoming new Director General Tony Hall confirmed that Helen Boaden, who diligently oversaw the Beeb’s axed-Savile-report-implosion as chief of BBC News, is being moved to the top job at Audio & Music, or what will be rebranded simply as BBC Radio (though some music telly will still fall under its remit). Let’s see if she can bring that to its knees too shall we?
The outgoing boss of A&M, Tim Davie, who has been filling in as DG since George Entwistle’s costly (for the licence fee payer) resignation last year, will take over at commercial division BBC Worldwide, as had always been the plan, though he’ll have a slightly wider role overseeing the Beeb’s global development in general too.
Hall also confirmed he was recruiting James Purnell, who was a ‘corporate planning’ twonk for the Corporation in the 1990s, but who is better known for his time serving in the last Labour government, including as Culture Minister. He will be Director of Strategy & Digital at Hall’s revamped BBC, overseeing the Corporation’s Future Media division as well as marketing, communications and political relations. It’s quite a wide remit.
A new chief for BBC Television is still being sought. You can read Hall’s email to staff explaining all this on The Guardian’s website.
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