Anne Bulford, the BBC’s Deputy Director-General, has decided to leave the Corporation in the spring of 2019 to pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles.
BBC Director-General, Tony Hall and the BBC Board thanked her for her work since 2013, which they say has helped transform the BBC and set it up for further success.
“Anne has been an inspirational leader,” commented Hall. “She has brought real insight and determination in bringing change to the BBC. Her achievements at the BBC are many – she has ensured the BBC continues to innovate and deliver hugely popular services to the public. She has vastly improved the BBC’s efficiency to industry leading levels. She has led a transformation in the BBC’s working practices.
“Anne leaves the BBC a stronger organisation than the one she joined six years ago. She has been a first class colleague and an absolute pleasure to work with. I wish her every success for the future.”
“It’s been an honour to be the first woman Deputy Director-General of the BBC and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since 2013,” said Bulford. “The BBC is an amazing organisation, with so many talented people. I feel I’m leaving the BBC in a stronger position and I’d like to thank Tony, my colleagues and especially all my teams for their contribution and hard work.”
As Deputy Director-General, Buulford was responsible for all the finance, HR, legal, risk and technology (design and engineering) functions of the BBC. In addition she managed its strategy, marketing and audience activities, as well as serving on the board of Children in Need.
The BBC will set out the next steps for her post in due course.