The BBC has found a new controller for flagship channel BBC One. The corporation today announced that they had appointed Charlotte Moore to the role, after serving as acting controller of BBC One for the past two months.
Moore emerged as one of the frontrunners after the sentimental favourite Ben Stephenson declined to pursue the role. Other candidates included BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett and the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Mark Linsey. Moore will assume her new role immediately and report to the BBC’s Director of Television (and former BBC One Controller) Danny Cohen. Prior to her appointment to what many consider to be one of the most high profile positions in the industry, Moore, who has been with the BBC for seven years, served as the Commissioning Editor for Documentaries. She will be paid an annual salary of £240,000.
“This is a very critical appointment”, said BBC Director-General Tony Hall. “I was really excited by Charlotte’s ideas and vision, they have a boldness and originality that is absolutely what the channel should offer.”
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, commented: “Charlotte has proven herself as a highly talented creative leader, with fantastic credentials as a commissioner and a reputation as a thoughtful and collaborative colleague. She has a passion for storytelling and a real understanding of audiences and BBC One’s commitment to scale, range and risk-taking. I am looking forward to her joining my new senior management team on a permanent basis and leading the channel to great future success.”
While Charlotte Moore added: “Running BBC One is the most exciting and creative job in television and I’m honoured to be taking over as the new Controller. Under Danny Cohen’s leadership the flagship channel has enjoyed great success and it’s a huge privilege to be part of its future. BBC One has a unique role to play in this country and I’m looking forward to working with many talented people. I’m incredibly excited by Danny’s vision for BBC Television and what the future holds in the digital age.”
Now that Charlotte Moore is in place, she is left with a number of key decisions to make with regards to the channel’s line up. Overall the channel’s scripted slate is considered to be in good shape, but BBC insiders say that the fates of numerous series, including the Ben Elton comedy The Wright Way and dramas Prisoners’ Wives and The Syndicate, have been in limbo since Cohen accepted the position as Director of Television. None of those shows listed above are expected to return and Moore is sure to put her on stamp on the channel’s output in the next twelve months, especially considering her strong factual credentials.