BBC R&D

Andy Conroy

Controller, BBC Research & Development

Andy Conroy

As Controller, Andy leads a team of just over 200 research engineers, scientists, ethnographers, designers, producers and innovation professionals based at our labs in London and Salford.

In the internet age his R&D teams work with industry and academia to lead the invention of new forms of content and new ways to deliver it in a predominantly IP setting. R&D’s world leading experts have always played a key role in shaping the media landscape and their work remains integral to keeping the BBC relevant.

Prior to joining R&D Andy has had numerous leadership roles within the BBC. He was appointed as the General Manager of BBC Online in August 2010, before being promoted to COO, BBC Digital in June 2012. For three years he had operational responsibility for the BBC's interactive and on-demand services, BBC Online and BBC Red Button during which time he led the project to transform the BBC’s digital services. He was also responsible for the effective running of the BBC’s Digital Group. This Group brings together product managers, software engineers and designers who worked with the BBC's editorial teams to create products such as BBC News online and BBC iPlayer.

Andy first worked for the BBC as a boy, providing weekend studio assistance for his local radio station in Lancashire. Seventeen years later he was Managing Editor at BBC WM/Coventry & Warwickshire/Asian Network, a topical speech-based radio station broadcasting in nine languages.

In 1997 he moved from radio to the web, joining the BBC’s commercial division, BBC Worldwide. He has worked on internet-related businesses ever since with a career spanning both the public and commercial sector, in domestic and international markets. An example of this is his move to Australia in 2007 where he led the overhaul of the digital businesses for Lonely Planet, the travel publisher.

Andy is a published author and winner of both a Webby and Gold Sony Radio Awards. A storyteller at heart, Andy is married and lives in London.

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