Helen Thomas appointed BBC Director of England

Helen Thomas has been appointed Director of BBC England - a new role created as part of the BBC’s push to better serve all of the UK’s Nations and Regions.

  • New role replaces Controller of BBC English Regions and has been created as part of the BBC’s commitment to better reflect all of the UK’s nations and regions.
  • Helen will have direct editorial and operational responsibility across England.

Helen will have direct editorial and operational responsibility across England and will oversee and enhance the BBC’s offer to communities across the country.

The creation of the director role brings England into line with the other nations of the UK, which are all led by BBC directors.

Helen is one of the BBC’s most senior and experienced executives in England and is currently leading the work to reinvent BBC local radio. Prior to that, she was in charge of regional and local programming in Yorkshire, the biggest BBC region. She was heavily involved in the BBC’s successful coverage of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

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