Liam Keelan leaves BBC Daytime for Sky

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Liam Keelan is leaving his role as BBC Daytime controller to become the head of Sky 1.

He has been in charge of daytime output since February 2006, overseeing output on BBC One and BBC Two during the day, up to and including The One Show.

Under his tenure, there has been a stronger focus on drama and consumer affairs.

His commissions included The Indian Doctor, Land Girls and the Jimmy McGovern drama Moving On, alongside the quiz Pointless and consumer show Rip-Off Britain.

In the spring, Keelan pledged there would be no more than two programmes of any genre shown each day.

His departure comes as the BBC cuts costs in daytime output.

The Indian Doctor The Indian Doctor was a drama hit for Daytime

Children's blocks will also be removed from BBC One and BBC Two around Christmas.

BBC One will become the home of new daytime shows, broadcasting programmes previously scheduled on BBC Two afternoons.

Other than an international current affairs programme at lunchtime, BBC Two will show mainly factual repeats, including science, history, the arts and natural history.

Scheduling experience

Keelan joined the BBC in 1995 when he worked in audience research.

He was also head of Scheduling at BBC Two and, later on, at BBC One, helping to launch Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and Planet Earth.

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It's fantastic to be joining at a really exciting time for Sky 1 HD”

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Outside the BBC, he ran daytime output at ITV, commissioning Dickinson's Real Deal and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

He also worked as channel editor at UK Horizons and helped come up with the idea for the UK History channel.

Recently, Keelan co-led the re-organisation of BBC Vision.

Roger Mosey, acting director of BBC Vision, emailed staff to say: "Whilst we will all be sad to see him leave Vision, this is clearly a good career move for him and of course I wish him all the very best."

He added the process to recruit his replacement will start in January.

Keelan said: "It's fantastic to be joining at a really exciting time for Sky 1 HD…The channel has launched some hugely successful shows across every genre over the last few years so I'm really looking forward to getting started."

He will also oversee Sky 1+1, Sky 1 HD and Sky 2, as the company aims to invest £600 million in UK production on all their channels by 2014.

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