Helen Boaden

Roles and responsibilities

 

  • Helen is Director for Radio. She is a member of the Executive Board.
  • She has overall responsibility for BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, and the BBC digital radio stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC 4 Extra, and Asian Network.
  • She also oversees the three BBC orchestras in England, the BBC Singers, and the BBC Proms; classical music & performance television, factual radio and radio drama production are all within her remit, under the Radio production department.

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £340,000 
Total remuneration: £455,000

These details were last updated in March 2011 when Helen Boaden's salary and remuneration were last adjusted.

Biography

Last updated January 2012

Helen took up the role of Director, Radio on 2 April 2013. 

Previously she was Director, BBC News, from September 2004 until April 2011 when she became the Director of BBC News Group, taking on additional responsibility for the Global News division, and joined the BBC's Executive Board.

She oversaw UK-wide network news and the BBC’s global news division. She was also responsible for the BBC's 12 English Regions.

In the UK, her network news responsilibilites included flagship programmes like Today, Newsnight, Question Time and Panorama as well as regional TV news programmes in England, the BBC News website, the BBC News channel, BBC Parliament, BBC Radio 5 Live and news on local and national radio.

Overseas, the World Service and BBC World News and bbc.com/news reach more than 240 million people in around 200 countries and territories.

The BBC's 40 local radio stations now consistently reach more than seven million listeners across the UK.

Helen started her journalistic career on campus radio at the University of Sussex.

She volunteered on a listener-sponsored station in New York and, on returning to England, she graduated in radio journalism from the London College of Printing and then worked at Radio Tees and Radio Aire before joining the BBC in 1983 as a news producer with Radio Leeds.

She later became a reporter and then Editor of BBC Radio 4's flagship weekly current affairs programme, File on 4.

She regularly presented Woman's Hour from Manchester and produced and presented a range of features and documentaries for Radio 4. She reported on the BBC Two documentary programme Brass Tacks and presented a series for Channel 4.

In 1997 Helen became Head of Business Programmes and a year later she was also made Head of Current Affairs, the first woman to do the job.

Her distinguished BBC career has been recognised with some of the top industry awards.

As a reporter, she won the coveted Sony award for Best Current Affairs Programme for her report on AIDS in Africa and was named Radio Industrial Journalist and Campaigning Industrial Journalist of the Year by the Industrial Society in 1990 for her investigation into safety standards in the oil industry.

As Editor of File on 4, her team won a second Sony and a wide range of awards for specialist journalism.

Helen was appointed Controller of Radio 4 in March 2000 and also Controller of BBC 7 in 2002. Radio 4 won the Sony Gold Award for UK Station of the Year in 2003 and again in 2004.

Helen has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of East Anglia (Suffolk College), the University of Sussex and the University of York.

She is a Fellow of the Radio Academy.

Expenses and central bookings

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Gifts and Hospitality Register

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  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2013-14
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2013-14
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2012-13
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2012-13
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2012-13
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  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2011-12
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  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2011-12
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2011-12
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2010-11
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2010-11
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2010-11
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2010-11
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q4 2009-10
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q3 2009-10
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2009-10
  • Helen Boaden had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10

Declaration of personal interests

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A summary is published where there is something to declare and where there is nothing to declare. Occasionally an individual will have something to declare but due to the personal nature of the declaration we do not publish details as to do so would breach the Data Protection Act.

This information is published annually, although if any amendments are made during the year an updated summary will be published if necessary as soon as it is available.

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