BBC Worldwide has appointed Philip Fleming as Head of Communications for its Home Entertainment business.
Home Entertainment incorporates Worldwide's Children's and Licensing department (responsible for the global exploitation of brands such as Doctor Who and In the Night Garden) and its Audio & Music department which comprises of BBC Audio Books, record and track licensing, radio and TV programme sales, and music publishing.
Fleming will also oversee communications for the company's joint ventures including 2Entertain (DVD), Ebury (books), Ragdoll Worldwide (the management of Ragdoll Productions Ltd's back catalogue) and Penguin (Children's books).
He joins the Home Entertainment team from BBC Magazines, where he has been Head of Communications since 2004. During his time at BBC Magazines he steered public relations for over 40 titles, including Radio Times, Top Gear, olive and CBeebies Weekly and popular websites such as radiotimes.com, bbcgoodfood.com and topgear.com.
Fleming was promoted to this challenging role from his job as Senior Press and Publicity Officer for Radio Times which he commenced in 2002.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Fleming was the European Corporate Communications Officer for the world's largest airline, American Airlines, based at their European Headquarters near Heathrow, London.
He coordinated external and internal communications for European business affairs, schedules, airports, sales, customer initiatives and in-flight product launches with European consumer and trade press. He also helped coordinate crisis communications for the airline during and post the September 11th attacks.
Dublin born Fleming began his career as a radio journalist/presenter working in Irish local radio, interviewing celebrities and political figures including Jeremy Irons, David Bowie, John Hurt and former Irish Premier and President, Charles Haughey and Mary Robinson respectively.