Danielle Nagler to head up BBC HD
Following the successful launch of the BBC's High Definition channel, Head of BBC HD Seetha Kumar is moving to another senior role within the BBC. Danielle Nagler joins the BBC Vision team to take over running the service.
Seetha leaves BBC HD in a strong position, with ratings growing every month and high approval, a record number of hours of high-profile programming this summer, and a guaranteed slot on HD Digital Terrestrial Television (Freeview) which is expected to be launched from Autumn 2009.
Her new role will be announced shortly.
Danielle will focus on growing the channel by driving consumer take-up, working with in-house and independent producers to increase HD programming, and leading preparations for BBC HD's launch on Freeview.
She takes up the position on 21 July 2008, reporting to Controller of Multiplatform and Portfolio Simon Nelson.
Danielle has had a wide-ranging career at the BBC since joining as a journalism trainee in 1996.
She led the BBC Project Team working on Charter Renewal with BBC Two Controller Roly Keating and more recently worked as Head of the Director-General's Office, supporting Mark Thompson in his role across the BBC.
Director of BBC Vision Jana Bennett says: "Seetha's energy and commitment have been vital in taking BBC HD through its trial period, launch and then setting it on course for a successful future.
"I look forward to working with her in the future."
Simon Nelson says: "HD is a central part of our broadcasting future with huge potential to grow on cable, satellite and in the future on Freeview.
"I'm confident that in Danielle's hands the channel will make the transition to become a mainstream choice for our audiences."
Danielle Nagler says: "At the moment there are 10 million HD-ready sets in the UK but only a minority are actually used for HD viewing.
"It's clear there's lots of work to do to open up the enormous viewing potential HD can offer for audiences.
"BBC HD tries to offer viewers the best of the BBC's HD programmes, so I've got the fantastic job of cherry-picking from all the BBC channels to create the best possible showcase for HD content.
"It's a critical time for the channel and the technology, and for people making programmes. But I hope that the BBC can help both audiences and the wider industry make the transition to HD."
Notes to Editors
BBC Vision is the biggest integrated multimedia broadcast and production group of its kind in the world.
Vision – so called because it makes BBC content that people watch – is led by Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision, and comprises Vision Productions led by Peter Salmon; Vision Operations led by Bal Samra; Multiplatform Commissioning across Fiction, Knowledge and Entertainment; and the channels and services BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies, BBC Switch, BBC HD and Learning.
BBC HD is the UK's first free-to-air High Definition Channel.
It launched in December 2007 and is available on Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat.
It showcases some of the best of the BBC's drama, entertainment, sport and factual programmes from across all other BBC channels.
It broadcasts for around five hours a night during weekdays from 8pm, and about six hours a night at weekends, with extended hours for live events such as sport and music.
This summer, for the first time, the channel will show more than 300 hours of Olympics coverage in High Definition, as well as the BBC Proms and Electric Proms.