Bob Shennan has been appointed as Director of Music at the BBC, in addition to his responsibilities as Controller of BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network.
The new role aims to join up TV, radio and online for the corporation, and has been created along with a Director of Arts position which Jonty Claypole will take on. Together they will drive the BBC’s new vision for Arts and Music.
Other appointments have also just been announced, including:
- Alex Poots and Manchester International Festival will become a creative partner with BBC Arts – encouraging and supporting new commissions, and new collaborations
- Nicholas Serota, from Tate, has been appointed to lead a group of creative leaders who will act as a sounding board across the BBC
- Vicky Featherstone, from the Royal Court, will join the group of creative leaders. She will continue to work closely with Kate Rowland and the BBC Writersroom, nurturing and championing new writers across radio, TV and online
- Nicholas Hytner, formerly of the National Theatre, has been appointed to the BBC Executive Board
DG Tony Hall said: “This is the strongest commitment to the arts we’ve made in a generation. We’re the biggest arts broadcaster anywhere in the world – but our ambition is to be even better.
“I want BBC Arts – and BBC Music – to sit proudly alongside BBC News. The arts are for everyone – and, from now on, BBC Arts will be at the very heart of what we do. We’ll be joining up arts on the BBC like never before – across television, radio and digital. And, we’ll be working more closely with our country’s great artists, performers and cultural institutions.”