The BBC has announced that BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen has been appointed as Director, BBC Television.
Cohen’s appointment follows an open recruitment process and is the final addition to new Director-General Tony Hall’s senior management team.
Cohen will sit on the BBC’s Executive and Management Boards and will oversee the BBC’s four main channels, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four alongside BBC iPlayer and online content for BBC Television. He also oversees the Drama, Entertainment, Knowledge and Comedy genres as well as BBC Films. In addition, he will be responsible for the BBC Television archive and BBC Productions, Europe’s largest television production group.
Cohen was appointed Controller, BBC One in October 2010 and under his stewardship it has remained the most watched channel in the UK. His commissions have included Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, The Voice, The Village, Undercover Care, the When I’m 65 Season, Ripper Street and The Syndicate.
In 2012, BBC One had a record-breaking year with its largest ever growth in peak share and its first all-hours share growth on record. Forthcoming programmes include series from JK Rowling, David Walliams, Peter Kay and Matt Lucas, along with new dramas The White Queen, Atlantis and Strange And Norrell.
BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: “Danny Cohen has been the driving force behind an extremely successful period in BBC One’s history. Key to his success has been an ability to provide viewers with a mixture of high quality programmes they enjoy whilst also introducing them to new subjects they might not have considered before. I am looking forward to seeing his impressive mix of creativity and vision being put to great effect across the whole of the BBC Television portfolio.”
Danny Cohen said: “I’m honoured to be taking over as Director of BBC Television. Our ambition is to be the finest broadcaster and producer in the world and our values will be based on talent, creativity, storytelling and innovation. I’ve had a wonderful time at BBC One and am grateful for the work of all the talented people who have made the channel the most popular in the UK in recent years.”