BBC Vision director George Entwistle has unveiled a reorganisation
of BBC Vision and rights and business affairs that will stimulate
new ways of working and help free-up significantly increased
BBC Visions original ambition to unify all parts of
the business, the new structures and new ways of working aims
to benefit the audience by maximising on-screen spend, while
reducing internal costs.
the new business core, activity will be structured around
three new genres: Knowledge and Daytime; Comedy and Entertainment;
and Drama, Film & Acquisitions. Smaller central business
teams will be retained in Vision and Rights and Business Affairs
to ensure the genres are working to the same high standards.
within the business already announced under DQF, and enhanced
by Visions reorganisation, will free up £27million
for reinvestment in 2013/14. Simplifying the business should
also ensure improved commissioning and business effectiveness
for all suppliers, both in-house and independent.
new genre-based working model will also allow better alignment
with the emerging structures of BBC UK Network Production
and will facilitate the creation and operation of genre boards,
which will be used to align editorial and commercial strategy
across BBC public service, BBC Worldwide and all other commercial
part of the restructure, three new senior Controller of Business
roles will be created. Reporting to Bal Samra, each will lead
on business affairs for one of the three main genre groups
and will be responsible for all the key business functions
within their genre. The Controllers of Business will work
in new leadership teams alongside the Commissioning and Production
Genre Controllers in each of the key genre groups.
Vision director George Entwistle said, The key to the
creative future of the BBC is to ensure good people and good
money spend less time tied up in process and more time creating
the very highest quality television programmes and multiplatform
output. The hard choices weve already made through DQF,
plus the radical new ways of working implicit in this reorganization,
will help simplify what we do freeing people and money
to concentrate on serving our audiences."
Vision Productions director of vision operations and director
of right and business affairs Bal Samra and chief creative
office Pat Younge have worked with George Entwistle to help
shape the future structure of the division.
will continue to be responsible for all Vision Operations
and Rights and Business Affairs, while taking full responsibility
for the production management teams across the genres. He
will also sponsor the changes required to create the new genre
business teams and central roles.
new role will see him freed up from operational obligations
to focus on the creative leadership of all network TV production
in Drama, Factual, Entertainment and Comedy.
will continue to line manage the key production controllers
and editorial staff in Visions in-house production teams,
and will be responsible for driving creative standards and
innovation in content creation for all platforms.
new structure will be implemented in phases, with changes
complete by 2013. The recruitment process for the new Controller
of Business posts will start immediately, with appointments
due in the summer.