Major commissioning restructure calls halt to ‘two-tick’ system

The BBC has unveiled one of the most radical restructures in its 100-year history, closing the channel controller roles and doing away with its ‘two-tick’ commissioning system.

As Broadcast revealed in September, chief content officer Charlotte Moore is to close the BBC1 controller, BBC2 controller and BBC4 channel editor posts as part of a restructure that will call a halt to the longstanding ‘two-tick’ genre/channel controller system.

The restructure has been implemented to liberate commissioning decisions from the prism of a linear schedule. The corporation will now order the best shows with a view to distributing them digitally, rather than worrying about which channel, slot or day they play on.

Under the changes, BBC2 controller Patrick Holland will become director of factual, effectively taking on the role vacated by Alison Kirkham over the summer. He will continue to report to Moore alongside comedy director Shane Allen, drama director Piers Wenger and director of films Rose Garnett.

Kate Phillips, who has been overseeing BBC1 on an interim basis, returns to the entertainment genre to take on the director of entertainment brief.

The only channel controller to keep their post and retain a ‘commissioning tick’ is BBC3’s Fiona Campbell, who could be soon overseeing a linear channel if the corporation decides to reinstate the youth-skewing offering to the EPG.

Campbell has changed reports to iPlayer controller Dan McGolpin, who is taking on the newly-forged director of BBC iPlayer and channels job. The role brings together all “programming and curation activity” across the VoD service and TV channels.

Daytime and early-peak channel editor Carla-Maria Lawson, head of acquisitions Sue Deeks and head of portfolio scheduling Lindsay Currie will also report to McGolpin, alongside two new portfolio editors for BBC1 and BBC2/BBC4. They will help build the schedules for the linear channels once shows have been commissioned.

A third iPlayer leadership role will also be created, with the successful candidate also reporting to McGolpin.

These three individuals will be sought over the next few months, with the structure coming into effect from April 2021.

Moore said the changes will ensure the BBC continues to feel “indispensable to audiences across the UK” while “commissioning the most creative and ambitious programmes”.

“The new structure will mean a radical change in the way we commission content, so that the BBC delivers more value to all audiences,” said Moore.

“BBC iPlayer will be at the very heart of our offer, but our channels are what set us apart and will continue to be critical to our success.”

News Source: Broadcast Now