Danny Cohen

Roles and responsibilities

  • Danny is responsible for the overall output of BBC Television.
  • As Director of Television Danny sits on the Executive and Management Boards.

Salary and total remuneration

Salary: £320,000
Total remuneration: £327,800

These details were last updated in February 2013 when Danny Cohen's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of June 2014.


Last updated April 2014

In April 2013, Danny Cohen was appointed Director of BBC Television. His remit includes BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, all of BBC Productions, BBC Films and BBC iPlayer. Danny is responsible for include Drama, Comedy, Factual and Entertainment.

In October 2010 Danny Cohen was appointed Controller of BBC One, which remains the most watched channel in the UK. His commissions for BBC One included Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, The Village, Undercover Care, The 7.39 and The Syndicate. In 2012, BBC One had a record-breaking year with its largest ever growth in peak audience share and its first all-hours audience share growth on record. Forthcoming programmes commissioned when he was Controller include series from JK Rowling, David Walliams, Peter Kay and Matt Lucas.

From 2007 to 2010, Danny was Controller of BBC Three, during which time the channel won Non-Terrestrial Channel of The Year at the Edinburgh TV Festival, two years out of three. His commissions for BBC Three included Being Human, Our War, Blood Sweat and Takeaways, Junior Doctors, Him and Her and Russell Howard's Good News. The Channel grew its share of young audiences by 58% in this period.

Prior to joining the BBC, Danny was Head of E4 and before that Head of Channel 4 Documentaries. During his time at Channel 4, Danny commissioned Skins, The Inbetweeners, Fonejacker, Supernanny and the documentary strand Cutting Edge. Before becoming Head of E4, he worked in Documentary Commissioning at Channel 4 and between 2000 and 2001 Danny was Factual Commissioning Editor for the launch of E4.

Expenses and central bookings

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Declaration of personal interests

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