Myfanwy Moore to lead BBC in-house comedy
ITV comedy commissioning editor Myfanwy Moore will return to the BBC to lead its in-house comedy.
As the BBC's controller of UK Comedy Production, she will oversee a department that produces TV shows such as Mrs Brown's Boys and Miranda, and makes radio output including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Just a Minute.
Moore is currently responsible for scripted comedy across all ITV channels, where she has commissioned Benidorm, Plebs and the revival of Birds of a Feather.
Before joining ITV, she was editor of new comedy at the BBC between 1997 and 2005. She also developed and produced Little Britain, and executive produced shows including The Mitchell and Webb Situation.
She took a year out to be the controller at music and comedy channel UKPlay, and was involved in launching the Paramount Comedy Channel. She also helped to develop the leftfield comedy Spaced, starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes.
Moore said: "I have loved my time at ITV, but as any comedy geek knows, running BBC in-house comedy - the birthplace of so many well-loved and enduring shows that have shaped popular culture - is an opportunity that is hard to turn down. And I am a geek."
She replaces Mark Freeland, now BBC controller of Fiction and Entertainment, who added: "Myfanwy has a fantastic, well deserved reputation, and a passion and eye for comedy talent. I cannot wait to welcome her back to the BBC and see how she takes comedy to new and funny places."
BBC in-house comedies were the most-watched shows this Christmas with Still Open All Hours and Mrs Brown's Boys each attracting around 12m viewers.
In the last five years, the department's business has increased, winning a peak of 51% in the BBC's Window of Creative Commission.