Ben is responsible for the commissioning of all drama programmes on television and online.
BBC Drama produces more than 450 hours of high quality drama programming a year across all four BBC channels.
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Last updated September 2008
Ben Stephenson was appointed Controller, Drama Commissioning in September 2008.
Previously as Head of Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson oversaw drama development, production and strategy for BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four as well as online. This included output as diverse as No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Lark Rise To Candleford, Oliver Twist, Criminal Justice and Survivors.
Ben joined the BBC in 2004 as Head of Development, Independent Drama, and subsequently became Head of Development, Fiction.
He studied Drama at Manchester University before spending three years at Granada Television where he was script editor on a variety of dramas.
Ben then worked at Channel 4 where he was Editor, Series for over two years working on dramas such as No Angels, Teachers and Buried.
Before joining the BBC he worked as a development producer at Shed Productions and Tiger Aspect.
Salary and total remuneration
Total remuneration: £247,800
These details were last updated in February 2013 when Ben Stephenson's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of April 2015.
Expenses and central bookings
Expenses are costs incurred by BBC staff on behalf of the BBC and claimed through the BBC's expenses system (e-expenses). Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.
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Ben Stephenson had no e-expenses paid in Q3 2014-15
Ben Stephenson had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q2 2009-10
Ben Stephenson had no gifts or hospitality to declare in Q1 2009-10
Declaration of personal interests
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