Peter Johnston named new Controller for BBC Northern Ireland
Peter Johnston is to be the new Controller, Northern Ireland, the BBC announced
He succeeds Anna Carragher, who retires on 17 November
2006 after six years in the job, and will formally take up his new position on
Peter - who is 40 - is currently Head of Broadcasting for BBC Northern Ireland, a
post he has held for the past three years, with overall responsibility for the
commissioning and scheduling of programmes and content for Northern Ireland
audiences on BBC TV, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC Online.
Peter said: "It is an honour to be given this incredible opportunity and I look
forward to working with all the staff at BBC Northern Ireland to meet the many
"I would like to thank Anna Carragher for being a great
colleague and inspirational leader over the years."
Commenting on the appointment, Pat Loughrey, Director of BBC Nations and
Regions and himself a former Controller of BBC Northern Ireland, said: "Peter
Johnston's knowledge of the Northern Ireland audience is second to none.
been a very successful Head of Broadcasting and I am confident that he will be
an equally successful Controller."
Peter Johnston was born in 1966 and educated at Ballymena Academy.
reading Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London, he worked for
Shell International in London and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Belfast.
He joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1994 as a Research Executive, progressing
quickly to become Head of Marketing and Development.
He then became Head of New
Media for BBC Nations and Regions before taking up post as Head of Broadcasting
He is married with two children and lives in Hillsborough, County Down.
BBC Northern Ireland Press Office