Three drama heads replace Kate Harwood

Hilary Salmon Hilary Salmon has been appointed to one of three head of drama England roles

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Three new heads of drama England are to replace Kate Harwood.

Two roles will be based in London, with another in the North as part of a restructure of in-house drama production.

Harwood, the previous head of drama England, recently left the BBC after nearly 25 years.

Hilary Salmon, the long-serving drama executive producer, will take up one of the positions in London, with drama exec Hilary Martin appointed to the North role. The other London post is yet to be filled.

'This dynamic, Bafta-winning pair are the first part of a new-look In-house that will aim to be at the forefront of modern television drama,' said Ben Stephenson, controller of drama.

The three heads will join Faith Penhale, Christopher Aird and Stephen Wright - their counterparts in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - as senior figures in the reorganised department, which will be responsible for around 60% of all drama output on the BBC.

Despite the creation of additional roles, the Stephenson and Mark Freeland (controller of fiction and entertainment) devised restructure is not expected to increase overall headcount.

Salmon, whose credits include Criminal Justice, Silk, Babyfather and House of Saddam, joined the Corporation in 1998.

'The amazing output of BBC In-house Drama is very close to my heart and I am delighted to be taking on a new role in helping to define its future at this exciting time for original British drama,' she said.

Martin came to the BBC in 2008 and has exec-produced titles like In the Flesh, The Secret Of Crickley Hall and The Preston Passion.

She said she was looking forward to 'working with the very best talent in the industry to deliver modern, surprising and emotionally powerful shows to the widest audience possible'.

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