BBC names new board members

Tim Davie

Tim Davie

The BBC has named the three executives that will join director general Tony Hall on its new board, along with five non-executive directors from outside the company.

The three BBC execs that will join Hall are: deputy director-general Anne Bulford; executive director responsible for the nations and regions, Ken MacQuarrie; and the CEO of the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide, Tim Davie.

The five non-executive directors are: retail and consumer executive Simon Burke; Paralympian and House of Lords crossbench peer, Tanni Grey-Thompson; former editor of the Independent and the New Statesman, Ian Hargreaves; technology entrepreneur Tom Ilube; and chair of Arts Council England and director of Tate, Nicholas Serota.

Burke and Serota are both members of the existing BBC Executive Board.

The new unitary board, as agreed under the BBC’s new Royal Charter, will replace the two-tier structure of the BBC Trust and Executive Board from April 3.

Sir David Clementi was appointed as chairman of the new 14-member BBC Board in February.

Making up the rest of the board are the previously appointed members for Scotland and England, Steve Morrison and Ashley Steel. Members for Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to be named.

“I’m delighted to have been able to put together such a talented board with a broad range of skills and experience who will be able to ensure the BBC remains a first class broadcaster,” said Clementi.

“The Board will push the BBC to offer the highest quality, hold its executives to account on delivery, while protecting its independence to ensure licence fee payers get the very best programmes and services.”

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