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Dorothy Prior chosen to lead new production drive

Category: BBC; CBBC

Date: 31.03.2005
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Dorothy Prior, Controller of CBBC, is to take up a new role spearheading the drive to deliver more effective production and resource management across the BBC, and offering audiences increased value for money.

Reporting to Mark Thompson, Director-General, Dorothy Prior becomes Controller of Production Resources and will lead the work going on to increase efficiency and effectiveness throughout all production.

She will work with production teams to ensure that in-house production makes the best use of resources and technology to deliver innovative ideas and approaches to programme making.

In her new role, Dorothy will play a major part in Mark Thompson's drive to transform the BBC.

She will seek out and champion new ways of working, will spearhead the exchange of information about developments in production management and will explore ways of improving production methods.

She will liaise closely with the central change@bbc team and with colleagues in Resources, Technology and Finance.

Mark Thompson said: "This is a very important role for the BBC. Getting the best possible value for money that we can out of production, while still producing excellent content, must be a key priority for us.

"Dot's many achievements include delivering two hugely successful children's channels which have helped pioneer innovative and effective approaches in production and the use of resources. This experience will be of enormous value in her new role."

Dorothy Prior said: "Working for CBBC has been a genuine passion for me but, in the end, it was just impossible to turn down what is a fantastic opportunity to work at the heart of the whole organisation and really try to help production teams everywhere.

"I leave CBBC with real sadness as I have been working with the best team in the business, and we have created something unique for young audiences which they love.

"I know that the channels and CBBC as a whole will continue to go from strength to strength - not least with the increased investment in programming that Mark has already announced and I will help to deliver through my new job."

Alan Yentob, Director of Drama, Entertainment and CBBC, said: "Dot has led CBBC with real energy and commitment, and she has been a passionate champion on behalf of her young audience in delivering award-winning programmes backed by strong business management.

"She has a natural understanding of programme making and will be a great success in her new role - I am sorry to lose her."

Dorothy Prior will begin her new role in May and the search for her successor will begin immediately.


Dorothy Prior joined the BBC after leaving college. She moved from radio to television production in 1978 where she has worked on an enormous range of programmes from studio shows and major outside broadcasts to landmark film series.

Dorothy worked for BBC Worldwide on the development of BBC America and later as New Media Development Manager, concentrating on early trials of interactive television and video on-demand (VOD).

After a couple of years as a freelance in the independent sector, Dorothy returned to the BBC in 1997 as Business Manager to Lorraine Heggessey.

She took over from Lorraine as Head of Children's Production in 1999 and worked as Head of Programming to Nigel Pickard before being made Controller of CBBC in January 2003.

Dorothy devised the current structure for CBBC and masterminded the launch of its two new digital channels.

Notes to Editors

CBBC is the generic term for the BBC's children's programming and online services which incorporates:

CBBC and CBeebies programming on BBC ONE and BBC TWO;

The CBBC Channel and CBeebies, the BBC's subscription-free, dedicated children's digital channels which launched in February 2002.

CBBC is aimed at six to 12 year olds and CBeebies is aimed at pre-school children;

CBBC online and interactive services.



Category: BBC; CBBC

Date: 31.03.2005
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