Tim Davie

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Tim Davie
Director-General of the BBC
Acting
In office
11 November 2012 – 1 April 2013
Preceded by George Entwistle
Succeeded by Tony Hall
Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 April 2013
Succeeded by John Smith
BBC Director of Audio & Music
In office
June 2008 – Feb 2013
Preceded by Jenny Abramsky
Succeeded by Helen Boaden
Personal details
Born (1967-04-25) 25 April 1967 (age 47)
Nationality British

Tim Davie (born April 25, 1967) is the Chief Executive Officer of BBC Worldwide who served as acting Director-General of the BBC following George Entwistle's resignation in November 2012[1][2] until Lord Hall took over the role permanently in April 2013. During his time as acting director-general he oversaw the investigations into BBC management and conduct following revelations the broadcaster had known about sexual abuse by Sir Jimmy Savile and then made false accusations against Lord McAlpine.[3]

Career[edit]

Davie was educated at Whitgift School in Croydon, and studied English at Selwyn College, Cambridge before joining Procter & Gamble as a trainee in 1991.[4]

Appointed UK Marketing Manager for PepsiCo in 1993, Davie was subsequently promoted to Vice President, Marketing, Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa, holding several similar appointments, including in the United States, before taking up the Vice President for Marketing and Franchise post.

BBC[edit]

Davie joined the BBC as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences in April 2005. He was Director General Mark Thompson's first senior external appointment.

In June 2008, it was announced that he was replacing Jenny Abramsky, who served at the BBC for 39 years before leaving to chair the Heritage Lottery Fund. Appointed Director of Audio & Music, he sat on the BBC's Executive Board with overall responsibility for all of the BBC's national radio networks and the corporation's music output across all media. This included BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4; as well as the BBC digital radio stations BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC 7; the three BBC Orchestras based in England; and The Proms. He also heads up programme making teams across radio and music television. BBC Audio and Music has an annual programming budget of c.£200 million and a staff of over 1,400.

Davie took over as acting Director-General on 11 November 2012 following the resignation of George Entwistle in the wake of the Newsnight broadcast which did not name any individual but which led to Internet speculation which incorrectly identified Conservative Lord McAlpine in the North Wales child abuse case.[5]

In July 2009 he was on The Guardian's list of the 100 most influential people in the media.[6] He has been Chairman of Freesat, a director of Freeview and Digital UK and is currently trustee and Vice Chairman of Children in Need.

Personal life[edit]

Davie is married and has three sons.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mendick, Robert; Hennessy, Patrick (10 November 2012). "George Entwistle quits as director-general over Newsnight fiasco". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "George Entwistle's statement in full". BBC News (BBC). 10 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ BBC Press Release "Incoming BBC Director-General Tony Hall announces changes to BBC’s senior team", 'BBC Press Centre, 14 February 2013
  4. ^ Martinson, Jane (23 March 2009). "Interview with Tim Davie: Getting radio fit for a digital age | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  5. ^ "BBC Boss Resigns After Newsnight Abuse Report". Sky News. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ 70. Tim Davie, 'MediaGuardian 100 2009', The Guardian, 13 July 2009
  7. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (11 November 2012). "BBC crisis: appointment of Tim Davie greeted with surprise". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
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Preceded by
George Entwistle
Director-General of the BBC
Acting

10 November 2012–March 2013
Succeeded by
Tony Hall