BBC Worldwide appoints Africa boss

Rebecca Hawkes | 04-03-2014

BBC Worldwide has appointed Joel Churcher into a new role as vice president and general manager of its African business.

Based in Johannesburg, Churcher will be responsible for strategy and business development across all of the BBC's commercial operations in Africa, including TV and digital sales, production and format sales, licensing and publishing, and live events. He will also run the BBC-branded channels shown on regional pay-TV platform DStv.

"I am sure that working in such a fast paced and vibrant continent will be an incredible adventure. I am very much looking forward to leading and developing our footprint on the continent and working with new business partners in new markets," said Churcher.

Churcher was previously account director for BBC Worldwide Channels across the EMEA region, and prior to that, senior international manager for RTL's IP Network.

He will take up his new role reporting to Ian McDonough, BBC Worldwide's executive president for CEMA in April.

"Joel is an outstanding executive who has a deep passion for our business in Africa. He is the right person to build on the successful BBC business we have already established in Africa and take it to the next level," said McDonough.