Danny Cohen stepping down as Director of TV

Danny Cohen Danny Cohen has been Director of Television at the BBC for two years

Danny Cohen is stepping down as Director of Television saying the time feels right for "a new creative and management challenge".

Prior to the role he has performed since 2013, Danny was Controller of BBC One and BBC Three.

He said: "I feel very lucky to have worked with you all for the last eight years and I'm immensely proud of what we have achieved together.

"This is a time of uniquely intense competition and rapid technological change in our industry and I've loved leading you at such a stimulating and demanding time.

"We have faced challenges the like of which the BBC and the television industry has never faced before. But we have achieved so much and there is a huge amount to be proud of.

'Very honoured'

"In the end it is all about the content: the shows we make, the creativity we unleash, the risks we take - and across BBC Television we have delivered an unparalleled amount of outstanding work that's been loved by our audiences, won dozens of awards and become global hits.

"I've been grateful to oversee a wonderful range of programmes and digital innovations. Together we have successfully worked to ensure that the BBC is the UK's most successful broadcaster, delivering a range of high quality and popular shows that are admired across the world.

"Having worked intensely on the channel, seeing BBC One in such fine form over the last few years has been a source of great pride. BBC One is indisputably the nation's favourite television network and its richness and quality of output is a model for television across the world.

"I've also felt very honoured to lead BBC Productions over the last few years. It's unique creativity and culture never feels more beautifully realised than at the BBC Production Awards at which unsung heroes and deeply committed teams celebrate what they have achieved."

'Rude health'

"There is so much else from these years that I want to thank you all for: the extraordinary revival of drama on BBC Two, and the great collaborations we have enjoyed with Sport on huge national moments like the London 2012 Olympics.

"I also wanted to celebrate you all for your work to create the most diverse range of factual programmes produced anywhere in the world. The skill of your storytelling across science, history, the arts, music, natural history, religion and popular formats is remarkable, whether it is Our War, The Eichmann Show, Stargazing or countless others.

"I have found it very humbling working with you all and wish you all wonderful things for the future.

Tony Hall, Director General, says Danny leaves BBC Television in "rude health - and brilliant creative form".

"Over the last eight years, Danny has championed so much outstanding work in drama, comedy, entertainment and, of course, factual.

"I wish him well for the future. He's a great talent and I'm sure he'll take up an exciting new leadership challenge very soon. He deserves every success."

Danny Cohen's deputy, Mark Linsey, who runs entertainment commissioning, will take on his responsibilities until an appointment is made.


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