The BBC has ring-fenced£9m to commission comedy programmes outside London and is restructuring its entertainment and comedy commissioning.
The BBC has ring-fenced£9m to commission comedy programmes outside London and is restructuring its entertainment and comedy commissioning.

The move is part of the corporation's window of creative competition initiative (WOCC) designed to open up an additional 25% of output to indies and other producers. It will see the creation of a new head of comedy commissioning who will report to controller of entertainment Jane Lush.

He or she will be responsible for commissioning both in-house and independent scripted comedy creating a more level playing field for indies and in-house producers.

The role includes some commissioning responsibilities currently held by BBC head of comedy Jon Plowman and current head of comedy commissioning Mark Freeland. Senior individuals have been invited to apply.

A new commissioning editor comedy, out of London, will take charge of the£9m budget to fund comedy proposals from outside the capital, such as Manchester-produced Ideal. The post will be based in Glasgow.

The restructuring also sees BBC senior commissioning executives Jon Beazley and Fenia Vardanis become executive editor, mainstream entertainment and executive editor, format entertainment respectively.

The remaining post, executive editor, comedy entertainment, will be advertised.