Pilmer and Tim Bishop are the new Heads in the BBC North East &
Cumbria and BBC East Regions
English Regions today announced the new Heads of Regional and Local
Programmes for the BBC North East & Cumbria and BBC East.
Pilmer, currently Network Manager at BBC Radio 4, is moving to Newcastle,
while Tim Bishop, Output Editor of Look East, is promoted to the
top job in Norwich.
up in the North-East and a graduate of Durham University, Wendy
Pilmer joined the BBC in 1987 as a radio production assistant in
went on to work as a producer in Radio Features and on Radio 1 before
moving into a management as an executive producer at Radio 1.
1997 she was promoted to Head of Presentation at BBC Radio Five
Live, and three years ago moved to her current position, operating
as deputy to the Controller of Radio 4.
a North Easterner through and through, and a passionate Newcastle
United fan," said Wendy Pilmer.
"I lived for 21 years in the North East and continue to spend
much of my leisure time there.
"I see my new role as not only ensuring that the region is
reflected back to itself in its diversity, but that the BBC as a
whole is represented to its audience in the region. I will also
be the region's champion within the BBC."
Pilmer is succeeding Olwyn Hocking, who has moved to a new postion
in BBC English Regions' fast-growing website operation. She will
start in Newcastle at the end of October.
Tim Bishop has spent 20 years in journalism, the last eight with
the BBC in the East.
moving into broadcasting he was News Editor of the Eastern Daily
Press in Norwich and then spent four years as Editor of its sister
paper, the Eastern Evening News.
in the BBC, he progressed from Education Correspondent on Look East
to Editor, BBC Radio Norfolk and then to News Editor for the regional
television news before being appointed to the new position of Output
Editor, Look East in 2000.
region is changing faster than at any time in its history,"
said Tim Bishop.
"This job is all about how the BBC relates to audiences in
"I'm really interested in how we make the most of new technology
and production techniques; that we aim to make great programmes
that people want to watch and listen to; and that people increasingly
access the BBC through our new wave of online sites that now cover
Tim Bishop's predecessor David Holdsworth has just started a new
job as Deputy Controller, BBC English Regions and Head of Regional
Programmes for the West Midlands, based in Birmingham.
Andy Griffee, Controller, BBC English Regions, commented: "These
are fantastic jobs to be moving into - responsible for television,
radio and online output at a time of continuing growth and investment
in our services.
"We are the front door to the BBC across England and I'm delighted
that we've had candidates of the quality, experience and vision
of Wendy and Tim to appoint to these crucial posts."