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BBC To Axe Television And Radio Divisions As Part Of Radical Management Overhaul

Posted: Feb 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Telegraph

Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, will not replace Danny Cohen, the corporation’s recently departed director of television, and is instead moving ahead with radical plans to abolish the broadcaster’s radio and television divisions.

In what is being billed as the most far-reaching organisational overhaul in the BBC’s 93-year history, Lord Hall will give a speech before Easter in which he will unveil proposals to axe the corporation’s existing channel-based structures, fundamentally reshaping the organisation into content and audience-led divisions.

 

While the broadcaster is committed to the keeping its television channels and radio stations on the airwaves for the foreseeable future, Lord Hall is said to believe that the quickening pace of technological change means that the boundaries between media such as television, radio and online are blurring.

Danny Cohen, the former director of TV, will not be replaced

As a result, he is plotting a major overhaul – in which numerous key executives are expected to depart the corporation – which will involve merging much of the corporation’s management.

While the new arrangements are still under discussion, they are likely to include new divisions such as BBC Entertain – which would take in Radio 2 and the corporation’s televised entertainment programming, and BBC Inform – which would include news services, and radio stations such as Five Live.

Each overarching division would have subsidiary divisions such as BBC Youth, a mooted subdivision of BBC Entertain, which would include the online channel BBC Three, and pop music station Radio 1.

Channel controller jobs have been axed, and rolled into a single job, held by Charlotte Moore

The changes will lead to a new round of senior executive departures, as Lord Hall seeks to flatten the corporation’s labyrinthine management structures, and reinvest more money on-screen.

Mr Cohen left his £320,000 post as director of television last year, after a breakdown in his relationship with Lord Hall and Alan Yentob, the former creative director, who quit the BBC after facing an inquiry into whether he sought to influence the corporation’s coverage of the collapse of the Kids Company charity.

Another senior executive, Kim Shillinglaw, left her post as controller of BBC Two last month, after Lord Hall decided to merge the management of all the corporation’s television channels, as well as the iPlayer, under a single executive, Charlotte Moore.