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Wednesday 29 Oct 2014

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Andy Parfitt expands role to take on BBC Popular Music

Andy Parfitt

The BBC has announced that Andy Parfitt is expanding his responsibilities, taking on the role of Controller of BBC Popular Music in addition to his existing portfolio of BBC services that includes Radio 1, 1Xtra, Asian Network and BBC Switch.

Andy will also oversee the pan-BBC music event The Electric Proms.

Tim Davie, Director, BBC Audio & Music, says: "Andy's work leading the younger focused networks has been outstanding – and I'm confident that he'll develop our popular music content with the same energy and focus that he has brought to BBC Radio and Switch."

Andy Parfitt says: "I'm really pleased to expand my role. This is a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to the challenge of driving our popular music strategy forward on all platforms."

Andy has been caretaking the role (previously held by former BBC Radio 2 Controller, Lesley Douglas) for the past two months, so takes up the permanent position with immediate effect.

Notes to Editors

Andy was appointed as Controller, BBC Radio 1 in March 1998.

In 2002, Andy oversaw the conception and launch of BBC 1Xtra.

In 2006 BBC Director-General Mark Thompson asked him to oversee the development of the BBC's teen offering as part of Creative Future.

In October 2007, Andy unveiled BBC Switch, the BBC's new teen content launched across multiple platforms on TV, Radio and digital.

In December 2007, Andy was asked to caretake the role of Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Asian Network.

In April 2008, Andy took on full-time responsibility for the Asian Network.

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