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New Head of Regional Programmes for BBC South West

Category : South West TV
Date : 12.05.2004
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John Lilley has been announced as the BBC's new Head of Regional & Local Programmes for the South West of England and the Channel Islands.

He was previously Managing Editor of BBC Radio Devon from 1998 to 2003, joined the BBC from local and regional newspapers in 1974.


He joined BBC Radio Nottingham as a reporter in 1974 before joining BBC Radio Lincolnshire as News Editor for the station's launch in 1980.

Four years later he was appointed Programme Organiser at BBC Radio Devon before moving to manage BBC Wiltshire Sound in Swindon and BBC Radio Humberside in Hull.


He worked in television in Leeds before returning to the south west to manage BBC Radio Devon in 1998.

John Lilley, 52, says: "I am delighted to be leading such a talented team in one of the most successful English Regions.


"Our journalists have built up an enviable reputation for making programmes that get to the very heart of the community.


"I am looking forward to working with colleagues across television, radio and our websites to strengthen this bond with our audiences even more."

Andy Griffee, Controller English Regions, comments: "I am delighted to see John heading up our team in Plymouth.


"He has the vision, talent and experience essential to ensure our programmes continue to be relevant and appealing to BBC audiences across the region."

Notes to Editors


Heads of Regional & Local Programmes have overall editorial responsibility for all the BBC's regional television, radio and online output in their areas.


John will be taking charge of the UK's most watched evening news programme BBC Spotlight, the current affairs series Inside Out and the regional version of the Politics Show.


The BBC local radio stations in the South West region are BBC Radios Devon, Cornwall, Jersey and Guernsey.


John Lilley succeeds the previous post-holder, Leo Devine, who moves to head up regional services for BBC South East region based in Tunbridge Wells.




Category : South West TV
Date : 12.05.2004
Printable version


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