The BBC is moving key commissioners in with channel controllers and giving them a dedicated rights negotiation team, as part of plans to create an ITV-style network centre.
The BBC is moving key commissioners in with channel controllers and giving them a dedicated rights negotiation team, as part of plans to create an ITV-style network centre.

Entertainment, factual and drama commissioning will all be based on the sixth floor of TV Centre by the end of the year. Entertainment has already made the move.

The shift also sees the corporation's rights and business affairs (R&BA) team - which negotiates contracts with indies and in-house producers - become part of the TV division under director of business and finance Bal Samra.

From now on, each genre commissioner will have a dedicated R&BA employee. They will hold the purse strings and monitor how each genre is performing on its quotas for in-house and indies.

The R&BA team also negotiates contracts with talent involved in programmes and help raise money for programmes, including organising co-production deals.

R&BA was previously under chief operating officer John Smith, but this created a potential conflict of interest after he became chief executive of BBC Worldwide.