Danny Cohen to leave his position as director of television at the BBC

The BBC’s director of television, Danny Cohen, is leaving the public broadcaster.

The news follows months of speculation that Cohen, who has served eight years with the BBC, would depart the broadcaster following the license fee negotiations.

He has yet to announce his next appointment but it is understood that he is considering offers from both UK and US companies.

The Guardian has reported that sources within the BBC have claimed that Cohen planned to leave after the license fee talks which would allow a new director of television to be appointed before Hall decides where to implement the cuts which he is expected to announce before the end of the year.

Cohen was tipped as the future director general of the BBC when he was appointed director of television in 2013 however the BBC has confirmed that he will leave in November.

Prior to his current position Cohen served as BBC3 controller from 2007 to 2010 and was responsible for commissioning cult drama Being Human and the critically acclaimed documentary series Our War.

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