BBC removes TV channel checker roles in first streaming restructuring – Deadline

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The BBC has confirmed the UK industry gossip for months: that it is removing TV channel controller roles after decades in favor of a model with more emphasis on commissioning broadcasting in continued.
BBC content manager Charlotte Moore on Tuesday described the sweeping staffing overhaul after conducting a review of how the UK broadcaster shows green lights at a time when US streamers like Netflix are sucking viewers.

From April next year, the BBC will no longer have controllers overseeing BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. Instead, portfolio editors will be appointed to select shows commissioned largely for iPlayer by genre bosses with supercharged powers.

These genre leaders will become directors and will have total autonomy over the programs they order without needing a second “tick” from a channel controller. Moore will also no longer have his name on big news shows.

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Under this new system, BBC Two’s controller Patrick Holland will become factual director, while the other major genres will be led by Piers Wenger (drama), Shane Allen (comedy), Rose Garnett (film) and Kate. Phillips (entertainment).

Elsewhere, iPlayer Controller Dan McGolpin will step up to the new role of iPlayer and Channel Director, overseeing a team that includes portfolio editors from BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four.

These editors will not have commissioning power, but will help shape the BBC’s television offering by windowing content under the green light by genre directors. So, for example, when Wenger orders a show like Its dark materials, it will work with portfolio editors to decide where and when it will air on iPlayer and on TV.

McGolpin’s team will also include an iPlayer leader, portfolio planning manager, daytime and cutting-edge programming channel editor, and program acquisition manager. These roles, as well as the channel editors, will be filled in the coming months.

With some roles opening and others closing, the BBC is unable to say at this point if there will be any redundancies. He did indicate, however, that the new structure would result in an overall reduction in costs, with the broadcaster bidding to save £ 925million ($ 1.2 billion) by March 2022.

The six genre directors and McGolpin will report to Moore, who acknowledged that the restructuring represents a “sea change in the way we order content.”

She added: “BBC iPlayer will be at the heart of our offering, but our channels are what sets us apart and will continue to be critical to our success. We need to feel indispensable to audiences across the UK, and these changes will help us commission the most creative and ambitious programs.

The only exception to the changes announced today is the BBC’s youth service, BBC Three. Fiona Campbell will remain the controller of the service that gave the world Normal people and Chip bag, which means that it retains the power of commissioning.

The BBC plans to restore BBC Three to television after it was turned into an online-only service in 2016. The company has not provided an update on its thinking on BBC Three today, or how its return to television has turned out. part of a larger plan to supercharge iPlayer.

BBC insiders have been optimistic about changes to conversations with Deadline in recent weeks, and the overhaul comes at a time when other major UK broadcasters are also restructuring to put more emphasis on streaming.

Channel 4 announced last month that it is prioritizing digital commissioning as part of its intention to secure 30% of its total revenues of £ 985million ($ 1.3 billion) through the online advertising by 2025. ITV creates a new media division to reflect and serve changing viewing habits. ”

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