The BBC will “reinvent and refresh” its offer in England - including BBC local radio and regional TV news - to ensure it is providing the best possible services to all audiences across the country.
Plans announced today include the launch of an exciting digital platform aimed at young audiences in England and a simplified leadership structure across the country as the BBC seeks to improve its offer to English audiences.
The changes include:
- The Social, the award-winning online platform created by BBC Scotland viewed by millions of online users each week, will be expanded into England, giving young people an opportunity to create content for the BBC.
- Continuing the work already underway to reinvent Local Radio so it owns local conversations, fully reflects the diverse communities it serves and becomes the front-door for new talent into the BBC, uncovering and nurturing the broadcasting stars of tomorrow.
- A new approach to content commissioning for TV and online; exploring opportunities to create more content for English audiences by working with other parts of the BBC.
- The leadership of BBC England will be reworked to a structure based around platforms rather than geography. A Head of News and Head of TV Commissioning will be appointed alongside the Head of Audio and Digital with an overall reduction in the number of senior managers.
The proposed leadership restructure is the biggest change to the structure of BBC England in 50 years. There are currently ten head of regions and a head of digital. These posts will close. There will be six new senior editorial roles - a Head of News and a Head of TV Commissioning and four regional leads covering the North, the Midlands, the East and South East and the West and South West.
Chris Burns, who was announced in 2018 as the Head of Audio and Digital, will continue to lead local radio. It means the number of senior managers will reduce from eleven to eight.