Saul Nassé (pictured) has been appointed as the new Controller of BBC Learning, replacing previous Controller Liz Cleaver who decided not to make the move to MediaCity earlier this year.
Saul is currently based in Mumbai where he has been General Manager and Creative Head of BBC Worldwide Productions India since 2007, and it is hoped his international experience will be an asset in establishing MediaCityUK as a global centre of excellence for the media industry.
Saul says: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to lead Learning at a time ripe with opportunity…I’m delighted to be part of the move to BBC North, which offers a great chance to reinvent the way we work and build new partnerships.”
The deadline for the remaining BBC staff to decide on the move North is the end of this month (September ’09), and if the recent trend is anything to go by there may be very few BBC vacancies for local talent come 2011. Despite this, the BBC is said to planning a recruitment drive for BBC North beginning November 09, so watch this space.
It was also announced today that BBC Childrens (which will also be making the move to Salford Quays) will recieve a minimum £25m increase in investment across the next 3 years. More details on that story at the BBC.