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Tim Davie

17th Director-General of the BBC
Assumed office
1 September 2020
Preceded byTony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead
In office
Acting: 11 November 2012 – 1 April 2013
Preceded byGeorge Entwistle
Succeeded byTony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead
Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide
In office
1 April 2013 – 1 September 2020
Preceded byJohn Smith
Succeeded byTBA
BBC Director of Audio & Music
In office
June 2008 – Feb 2013
Preceded byJenny Abramsky
Succeeded byHelen Boaden
Deputy Chairman of Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative party
In office
1994–1996
Personal details
Born
Timothy Douglas Davie

(1967-04-25) 25 April 1967 (age 53)
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative Party (1992–1996)
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge

Timothy Douglas Davie CBE (born 25 April 1967) is the current and seventeenth Director-General of the BBC.[1][2] He succeeded Tony Hall in the role on 1 September 2020. Davie was formerly the chief executive officer of BBC Studios (formerly known as BBC Worldwide). He served as acting Director-General of the BBC following George Entwistle's resignation in November 2012[3][4] 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 Jimmy Savile.[5]

Career

Davie won a scholarship to attend Whitgift School in Croydon, and studied English at Selwyn College, Cambridge, being the first in his family to attend University. He joined Procter & Gamble as a trainee in 1991.[6][7]

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.[8]

Davie stood as a councillor for the Conservative Party in Hammersmith in 1993 and 1994[9] and was deputy chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Conservative party in the 1990s.[10][11]

BBC

Davie joined the BBC as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences in April 2005,[12] succeeding Andy Duncan.[13] 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 Radio 4 Extra (then BBC 7); the three BBC Orchestras based in England; and The Proms. During this time he was involved in abandoned plans to close down Radio 6 Music and the Asian Network.[13] In July 2009 he was on The Guardian's list of the 100 most influential people in the media.[14]

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.[15] He became chief executive officer of BBC Worldwide following the appointment of Tony Hall. BBC Worldwide merged with the TV-making arm of the BBC, BBC Studios, in April 2018 and Davie served as both the Chief Executive of BBC Studios and a Director globally.[16]

He was awarded a CBE in 2018, for services to international trade.[17] In 2019 he earned £642,000 and was the BBC's highest paid executive.[13]

In January 2020, Tony Hall announced he was resigning from the Director-General's position before the scheduled end of his tenure.[18][19] In May 2020, Davie was one of four candidates shortlisted to succeed Hall in the position.[20] On 5 June 2020, it was announced he would become the corporation's seventeenth Director-General from 1 September.[1][2]

In August 2020 Tim Davie announced his intention for the BBC to "find a better balance of satirical targets rather than constantly aiming jokes at the Tories."[21] He has also announced his support of the licence fee as opposed to a Netflix style subscription service.[22]

Directorships

Davie is Chairman of Comic Relief, Trustee of the Tate and the Royal Television Society, and in 2018 was appointed as Chairman of the Creative Industries Council.[23][24][25]

Previously, he has been on the boards of Freesat, Digital UK and Children in Need.[25]

Personal life

Davie is married and has three sons.[26] He is a keen runner.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "Tim Davie: BBC executive named director general". BBC News. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Ling, Thomas (5 June 2020). "BBC announces Tim Davie as new Director-General". Radio Times. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ Mendick, Robert; Hennessy, Patrick (10 November 2012). "George Entwistle quits as director-general over Newsnight fiasco". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  4. ^ "George Entwistle's statement in full". BBC News. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  5. ^ BBC Press Release "Incoming BBC Director-General Tony Hall announces changes to BBC’s senior team", 'BBC Press Centre, 14 February 2013
  6. ^ Martinson, Jane (23 March 2009). "Interview with Tim Davie: Getting radio fit for a digital age | Media". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  7. ^ Rajan, Amol (5 June 2020). "Amol Rajan". Twitter. London. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Tim Davie". bbcstudios.com. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  9. ^ https://londondatastore-upload.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/LBCBE_1990-5_TO_1994-5.pdf
  10. ^ Sweney, Mark (5 June 2020). "BBC appoints insider Tim Davie as director general". The Guardian.
  11. ^ "MARKETING MIX: True Blue Davie is no Euro-sceptic".
  12. ^ Sweney, Mark (27 June 2008). "Tim Davie: BBC's marathon man with a colourful track record". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d Sweney, Mark (5 June 2020). "Tim Davie: the ultrarunner and marketing guru handed BBC's top job". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  14. ^ 70. Tim Davie, 'MediaGuardian 100 2009', The Guardian, 13 July 2009
  15. ^ "BBC Boss Resigns After Newsnight Abuse Report". Sky News. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Board & Committees". BBC Studios. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  17. ^ "BBC boss made CBE". henleystandard.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  18. ^ Craig, David (20 January 2020). "Tony Hall to stand down as BBC Director-General". Radio Times. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general". The Guardian. 20 January 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  20. ^ Sweney, Mark (15 May 2020). "BBC shortlists four candidates to replace Tony Hall". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  21. ^ Gardner, Bill (31 August 2020). "Exclusive: BBC's new boss threatens to axe Left-wing comedy shows". The Telegraph.
  22. ^ "New BBC boss against switch to subscription". BBC News. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  23. ^ Tate. "Tim Davie CBE". Tate Etc. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  24. ^ "Tim Davie CBE". BBC. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Tim Davie appointed new chair of Creative Industries Council". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  26. ^ 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
Preceded by
Tony Hall
Director-General of the BBC
1 September 2020 – present
Incumbent
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