The current head of BBC Studios is to become the new director-general of the BBC. Tim Davie takes up the role on September 1, replacing Tony Hall.
Davie was also acting director-general in 2012 following the sudden resignation of George Entwistle.
Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC Board, says: “Tim has a strong track record as the CEO of BBC Studios and is one of the most respected names in the industry. His leadership and experience, both outside the BBC and within, will ensure that we are well placed to meet the opportunities and challenges of the coming years. Tim has an enthusiasm and energy for reform, while holding dear to the core mission of the BBC.
Clementi will stay in his role until February 2021, allowing the new top team to shape the BBC together. An initially hostile Conservative government has warmed to the BBC during the coronavirus crisis, but may still be intent on clipping its wings.
“We will need to accelerate change so that we serve all our audiences in this fast-moving world. Much great work has been done, but we will continue to reform, make clear choices and stay relevant. I am very confident we can do this because of the amazing teams of people that work at the BBC,” said Davie.
Davie is one of the longest serving executives in the BBC. He joined in 2005 from Pepsi, initially serving as the director of the BBC’s Marketing, Communications & Audiences division.
He became director of the Audio & Music division in 2008 with responsibility including network radio.
His spell as acting director-general came shortly after he was appointed head of BBC Worldwide in 2012. The commercial arm of the BBC merged with BBC Studios in 2018.