BBC Worldwide announces interim CEO

Editor | 27-11-2012

The game of senior management musical chairs at the BBC in the wake of the resignation of George Entwistle as director general continues with the appointment of Paul Dempsey as Interim CEO of BBC Worldwide.

Currently managing director for Consumer Products at BBC Worldwide, Dempsey will oversee the BBC’s commercial arm from 1 December until current acting DG Tim Davie — responsible for the new appointment— hands over to Tony Hall in March 2013.

Current BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith announced his decision to step down after eight years in charge of the company in October 2012 and will leave the business in December.

To date, Dempsey has been in charge of oversees Consumer Products, a global producer and distributor of TV entertainment packaged media, including DVD, Blu-ray, DTO, licensed product, music, BBC Shop and book publishing partnerships. Commenting on his new role, he said: “I am proud and privileged to have been asked by Tim to take on these responsibilities as an interim measure until he arrives early next year. BBC Worldwide is a dynamic company with exciting times ahead of it. My immediate priority will be to provide the company with leadership and direction so it can keep on delivering great returns to the BBC.”

Davie added: “Paul has a great track record at BBC Worldwide and a sound understanding of the commercial imperatives that have made it an international success. I have every faith that he is the right person to lead BBC Worldwide over the coming months and make sure it carries on supporting the BBC brand around the world.”