Peter Johnston (BBC)

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Peter Johnston
Controller of BBC Northern Ireland
Assumed office
Preceded by Anna Carragher
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Nationality Northern Irish
Education Ballymena Academy
Alma mater Imperial College London

Peter Johnston (born Ballymena, 1965) is the Controller of BBC Northern Ireland. He was educated at Ballymena Academy and Imperial College London, where he graduated in Chemical Engineering and Management.[1] Prior to joining the BBC, he worked for Shell International in London and Price Waterhouse Coopers in Belfast.[2] He joined BBC Northern Ireland in 1994 as a research executive, later becoming head of marketing and development, then Head of New Media for BBC Nations and Regions, before taking up post as Head of Broadcasting in 2003.[2] He was appointed Controller on 27 October 2006, the youngest person ever to hold that position.[1][2]

In 2009 he was appointed as the chairman of Skillset's Northern Ireland national board.[3]


  1. ^ a b Colemen, Maureen (2007) "I'm the guy who axed George Jones", Belfast Telegraph, 12 March 2007, retrieved 2010-06-19
  2. ^ a b c Day, Julia (2006) "BBC appoints Northern Ireland controller", The Guardian, 27 October 2006, retrieved 2010-06-19
  3. ^ "BBC Northern Ireland controller Peter Johnston appointed new chair of Skillset's national board",, 9 December 2009, retrieved 2010-06-19

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