Tim Davie has been appointed Director of BBC Audio & Music.Tim, who is currently director of the BBC’s Marketing, Communications and Audiences division and sits on the BBC executive board, takes over from Jenny Abramsky, who is leaving the BBC after 39 years.
In his new role, Tim will oversee BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Live and the BBC digital radio stations 1Xtra, 6 Music, BBC 7, 5 Live Sports Extra and the Asian Network.
He will also be responsible for the three BBC orchestras in England, the BBC Singers, the BBC Proms, Classical Music & Performance Television and Radio Resources.In addition, he will take charge of Radio Drama, Television Music Entertainment and will be strategically responsible for all audio across the BBC.
He said: “Radio is at the heart of the BBC’s public service mission and millions of listeners rely on its quality, range and integrity every day.Tim’s drive, knowledge and sheer love of the medium will ensure that BBC radio remains creatively strong and vibrant in the years to come. His insight into audiences and their expectations of the BBC will be particularly valuable ,” Mark Thompson, Director-General, BBC said.
“It is a great privilege to build on the outstanding legacy of Jenny Abramsky and take on the leadership of a very talented team.This is a special role because of the unique cultural contribution of the BBC’s audio and music output, which is highly valued by millions of people. As a passionate advocate of radio, I am excited by the challenge of continuing to deliver not only distinctive BBC services but also to support the growth of the medium as a whole across traditional and digital platforms ,” Tim Davie said.
Jenny Abramsky leaves the BBC at the end of September, when she will begin chairing the Heritage Lottery Fund.
She said: “Radio is at the very heart of the BBC’s public service offering and music stands at the pinnacle of its contribution to the UK’s cultural life.I have no doubt, having worked alongside Tim on the executive board for the last three years, that he will lead Audio & Music with passion and understanding and that radio and music will be in very safe hands.”
Tim Davie became Director of the BBC’s Marketing, Communications and Audiences division in April 2005, having previously been Vice President, Marketing and Franchise of PepsiCo Europe. He read English at Cambridge University and is married with three sons.