BBC Director of Television, Danny Cohen, is to exit the corporation at the end of November.
A Guardian source said Cohen wanted to exit the corporation to allow time for a replacement to be appointed before Hall outlines cuts he is due to announce before year’s end.
Speculation is that Cohen understood it’s time to leave. “I have number of exciting opportunities and I want to consider these in an open and transparent way, ” he told the British media.
As a youngest person to be appointed at the broadcaster in 2007 (BBC 3), Cohen hold a substantial position at the BBC. He was named head of BBC Television in 2013.
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He is responsible for all of the BBC’s television networks and BBC Productions, as well as the production and commissioning of all of the BBC’s drama, entertainment, comedy and factual programs. Further, he’s had creative leadership of BBC iPlayer the BBC’s cinema production through BBC Films.
Cohen began his run He later became Controller of BBC One androunding out the senior management team of then newly-installed Director General Tony Hall.
Cohen said, “After eight wonderful years at the BBC, it is time for my next big challenge. BBC Television is on brilliant creative form. I feel very privileged to have led Television for the world’s finest public service broadcaster and to have worked with so many smart and talented people.
“I’m very proud of the wide-ranging success of BBC Television under my leadership. In this period of intense competition we’ve reached 92% of UK audiences every week, delivered outstanding channel services and built the number one digital service across the television industry in the BBC iPlayer. Throughout this time, we’ve delivered a fantastically rich slate of ground-breaking shows, thought-provoking ideas, national and international awards and global hits. We have made our audiences laugh, cry and think, and have made extraordinary imprints on our national culture and the BBC’s international reputation. There has never been a more exciting time for television and digital media. I’m looking forward to taking up a new leadership role in this age of intense creative and technological innovation.”