Category : South
Date : 12.05.2004
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.