The BBC’s head of finance, Anne Bulford, has become the corporation’s first female deputy director general as part of a management restructure. Bulford will become the first person in the role since the departure of Mark Byford in 2011.
Director general Tony Hall said the restructure would create “a simpler BBC with fewer layers and clear lines of accountability”. It will also see the creation of a new Nations and Regions department covering output from outside London, headed by a controller who will sit on the corporation’s executive board in place of the directors of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Other changes include Charlotte Moore becoming director of content alongside her current role as controller of BBC One, and James Purnell becoming director of strategy and education, overseeing Children’s and Learning.
Lord Hall said the changes would “help ensure that the BBC is best equipped” to “engage with our audiences as we enter our centenary year”.