Joe is Director of the BBC Academy and of the BBC in the Midlands, in its Birmingham base, building on its success and setting the strategy for the future.
He is responsible for maintaining the skill levels of the BBC's world class content, journalist and digital creatives across the UK and overseas.
He is also at the forefront of developing the new skills the BBC needs to stay ahead of the digital and media revolution.
Joe will develop high profile partnerships with other funding bodies, the university sector, overseas clients, government and regional agencies and training organisations.
Last updated May 2016
Joe Godwin is Director BBC Academy and of the BBC in the Midlands
In May 2016 it was announced that Joe’s role as Director of BBC Birmingham would be extended to cover the wider region and he would become Director of the BBC in the Midlands, developing partnerships and increasing the BBC’s visibility across the Midlands.
Appointed Director of BBC Birmingham in December 2014, he has been responsible for pan-Birmingham BBC initiatives, developing external partnerships and the overall leadership of the three BBC sites in the city.
Joe has overseen an increased investment into BBC Birmingham over the past year, establishing it as the BBC’s new centre of excellence for skills, recruitment and talent development for the whole UK and moving 300 jobs to The Mailbox.
A vibrant centre, some of the nation’s most-loved programmes are produced in Birmingham including Radio 4’s The Archers - the world’s biggest radio drama - and Home Front; BBC One’s Doctors and Father Brown; alongside Asian Network, Local Radio and Regional TV News, BBC English Regions Headquarters and the BBC England Online news teams.
As Director of the BBC Academy - the UK media sector's biggest skills trainer – Joe is responsible for maintaining and growing the skill levels of the BBC's world class content makers, journalists and digital creatives across the UK and overseas. He also develops high profile partnerships with other funding bodies, the university sector, overseas clients, government/regional agencies and training organisations. Prior to this role, Joe was Director of BBC Children's 2009-2014. The BBC is the leading children's public service broadcaster in the world and Joe was responsible for all of the BBC's services for children on CBBC and CBeebies.
Under his leadership, BBC Children’s won numerous BAFTA awards including CBBC & Cbeebies winning Channel of the Year five times; the first mobile apps for CBBC and CBeebies were launched; approval for CBBC extended hours was secured; he oversaw reboots of children's classics like Clangers and Teletubbies; and reinforced CBBC's position as global leader in ground-breaking factual programming for children through programmes like the multi-award winning My Life and Marrying Mum and Dad (winner of the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year 2013).
In 2011 Joe successfully managed the relocation of the department from London to Salford, as part of the biggest BBC move out of the capital in its history - which also included the transfer of the iconic Blue Peter garden.
Joe spent 21 years working in BBC Children’s between 1989 and 2015 with a stint at Nickelodeon UK from 2000 to 2005.
He joined BBC Children’s as a trainee in 1989 moving through the ranks as an assistant producer, studio director and producer on hit shows such as Blue Peter, Going Live and Record Breakers and then became Editor of Children's Presentation (1997-2000), Head of BBC Children’s Entertainment (2005-2008) and Head of News, Factual and Entertainment for BBC Children’s (2008-2009).
From 2000 to 2005, Joe was at Nickelodeon UK, holding a number of posts including Head of Original Production and VP Interactive Director.
Joe started his BBC career at BBC Southampton in 1986 following his graduation from Manchester University.
Joe is a member of the Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing of the British Board of Film Classification and he is also a Trustee of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £189,800
These details were last updated in March 2015 when Joe Godwin's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of June 2016.
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20 years since the final episode of Going Live was aired, Director of BBC Children's, Joe Godwin, reminisces about his involvement with the show and talks us through the past, present and future of Saturday morning kids TV