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Phillips named BBC Entertainment chief

The BBC has named Kate Phillips as the new controller of entertainment commissioning. She will take up the role from September 5th. She will be responsible for overseeing the likes of the revamped Top Gear as well as flagship BBC entertainment shows including Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got New For You.

Phillips is currently creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, selling programme ideas and scripted shows such as The Office worldwide. Before that, she was a channel executive for BBC1 and BBC3.

Phillips replaces Mark Linsey, who is now director of BBC Studios, the corporation’s programme-making wing.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s controller of TV channels, said Phillips is “perfectly placed to lead BBC entertainment commissioning into the future.”

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