BBC Vision’s Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon has been appointed as Director of BBC North.
Based at MediaCityUK, Salmon will be responsible for BBC Sport, Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra, and BBC Children’s. He will also join the BBC’s Executive Board in 2010 as the BBC’s base at MediaCityUK nears completion.
Salmon (who is married to ex-Coronation Street actress Sarah Lancashire) was born in Burnley, and has a range of experience working for the BBC and Granada on shows such as Blue Peter, World In Action and Newsnight.
Director General Mark Thompson said, “I cannot think of anyone better qualified than Peter to lead this bold venture which I believe will have significant impact across the BBC as new ways of working and using technology are developed in practice.”
Salmon himself says, “I want to help build a world-class, creative powerhouse for the BBC based in the North of England but networked into the whole UK.”
Early rumours expected Alan Yentob could be the first Director of BBC North.