How BBC staff fare on the Guardian's list of the powerful in 2013

How things change in one short year. The Guardian has produced its annual list of the media industry's 100 top movers and shakers for 2013, which has more than a handful of BBC staffers on it. But the interesting thing is how the MediaGuardian 100 indirectly reflects the events at the BBC over the last 12 months.

Tony Hall Tony Hall finds himself high up the media power list in 2013

Here's a summary of how the BBC and its staff has fared on the list:

  • Tony Hall is impressively in third place on the list of the 100 most powerful media players after getting the BBC's top job. He's just one place behind Larry Page, the chief executive of Google. But third place is precisely where BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten found himself last year. Because of events that are now only too familiar, he's dropped back to no. 16. Hall's predecessor, George Entwistle, wasn't very far behind Patten in the no. 4 spot in 2012. He currently doesn't feature in the top 100 after resigning from his new job after only 54 days.
  • Danny Cohen, the new director of BBC Television, comes in at no. 11, the next highest BBC entry after Hall. At 39, Cohen was the youngest controller of BBC One and oversaw a standout year for the channel in 2012 before getting his big promotion. He has moved up two places from last year's ranking of no. 13.
  • Charlotte Moore, who took over from Danny Cohen as the controller of BBC One earlier this year, is the highest-ranking BBC woman at no. 19. She was previously a commissioning editor of documentaries at the corporation but has spent a substantial amount of time in the indie sector, with credits including Lagos Airport and Location, Location, Location for Channel 4. One of her commissions for the BBC includes The Great British Bakeoff.
Charlotte Moore Charlotte Moore is the highest-ranking BBC woman to make the list. She is 44.
  • Speaking of women at the BBC, Helen Boaden, previously in charge of BBC News but now the director of Radio, has dropped 20 places since 2012 and lands at no. 42. Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC Two, stays steadier with an entry at no. 48 (her 2012 ranking was 50). Presenter Clare Balding, who has seen her career benefit from the Olympics, goes up from no. 68 in 2012 to no. 41. Meanwhile, 40-year-old Mishal Husain makes a debut entry at no. 93 after being appointed a presenter on Radio 4's Today, which had been criticised in the past for being too male dominated.
  • New BBC recruits James Purnell and James Harding find themselves making the no. 35 and 37 slots respectively. Purnell is the director of strategy and digital and was Tony Hall's first senior appointment. Harding, a former editor of The Times, has been tasked with leading the BBC's news and current affairs division following Boaden's departure and after a turbulent year in its history. He has moved up several places from last year's ranking, which put him at 58 while he was still with the national newspaper.
  • Thirty-six-year-old Ben Stephenson, the controller of drama and commissioning, is the youngest BBC person to make the list and occupies exactly the same spot he had last year.
  • Political editor Nick Robinson and business editor Robert Peston both make appearances at no. 31 and 33 respectively.
  • In radio, Bob Shennan (controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network), Chris Evans and Ben Cooper (controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra) come in at 63, 79 and 82 respectively.
  • In case you have any interest in who makes no. 1, it's you. The Guardian argues that individuals wield a great deal of power in the online age because they can be critic, broadcaster or even (much less favourably) a troll.

The annual list for the Guardian is compiled by a panel of 8 judges including former BBC media correspondent Torin Douglas. Other judges are VP of Yahoo Dawn Airey, two Guardian journalists, two execs with a publishing background and media executives from LoveFilm and PHD Media.


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