BBC names Danny Cohen as new director of television

The BBC has named BBC One controller Danny Cohen as its new director of television following an open recruitment process, the final piece of the management jigsaw in the wake of Tony Hall’s ascension to the role of director general.

Cohen’s plum £327,800 a year post will see him sit on the broadcasters executive and management boards in addition to overseeing the running of BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and online content for the organisations television arm.

A packed to-do list also includes responsibility for overseeing drama, entertainment, knowledge and comedy output in addition to BBC Films – not to mention the BBC television archive and BBC Productions.

During his tenure at the corporation’s flagship channel Cohen commissioned a series of shows including Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, The Voice, The Village, Undercover Care, the When I'm 65 Season, Ripper Street and The Syndicate – helping the channel to its largest ever growth in peak share and its first all-hours share growth on record..

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.”

Cohen added: “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.”

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