This page is no longer updated - Alan Yentob left his role as Creative Director on 31 December 2015.
Alan is responsible for overseeing the BBC’s creative strategy and its implementation across all content and services; he is also the focal point for talent management across the whole of the BBC.
His role includes building BBC partnerships with arts and cultural organisations across the UK; he is also closely involved with the BBC’s preparations for Charter Renewal.
Alan is Chairman of BBC Films.
Last updated July 2014
Alan Yentob is the Creative Director of the BBC and Editor and Presenter of the Imagine programme.
A celebrated and award-winning programme maker, Alan quickly came to personify the creative spirit of the BBC.
He joined as a general trainee in 1968, taking his first job in the World Service.
From 1973 to 1975 he was a producer/director with Omnibus, where his films famously included Cracked Actor: David Bowie.
From 1978 he was responsible for the mould-breaking arts series Arena, and remained its Editor until 1985. During this time Arena produced many influential programmes including The Private Life of the Ford Cortina, My Way and The Orson Welles Story.
In 1985 Alan became Head of Music and Arts and stayed in the post until 1988 when he was appointed Controller of BBC Two.
Under his five-year stewardship BBC Two was revitalised and introduced many innovations in programming including The Late Show, Have I Got News For You?, Absolutely Fabulous and Wallace and Gromit’s The Wrong Trousers. Factual programme successes included Troubleshooter and Video Diaries.
Alan was Controller of BBC One from 1993 to 1997, significantly improving its content and share. Soon after his appointment he famously cancelled Eldorado and commissioned Pride and Prejudice.
He became Director of Programmes in 1997, then Director of Television from 1998 to 2000, when he was appointed Director of Drama, Entertainment and Children’s. Under his aegis the BBC successfully launched its children’s channels CBBC and CBeebies.
In June 2004, Alan became the BBC’s Creative Director.
Alan has honorary fellowships of the Royal College of Art, the BFI and the Royal Institute of British Architects and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is Doctor of Letters at Leeds University and at De Montfort University.
He has served on the Boards of the BFI, The Royal Court Theatre, the South Bank and the Architecture Association. He was Chairman of the ICA until 2011. He is currently Chair of Trustees at Kids Company.
Salary and total remuneration
Total executive remuneration: £183,300 *
These details were last updated in August 2008 when Alan Yentob's salary and remuneration were last adjusted. This information is correct as of March 2016.
* This remuneration relates to Alan's role as Creative Director. He also presents and edits Imagine and additional programmes on BBC Television for which he receives a separate fee.
Expenses and central bookings
Expenses are costs incurred by BBC staff on behalf of the BBC and claimed through the BBC's expenses system (e-expenses). Central bookings are costs incurred on behalf of the BBC and booked through the BBC's central bookings system. Both expenses and central bookings are published every three months.
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Alan Yentob had no e-expenses paid in Q1 2016-17
Alan Yentob had no central bookings paid in Q1 2016-17
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