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New BBC Two editor, controller of drama commissioning, announced

4 July 2016
Broadcasting House - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jeff Overs

The BBC has hired a new controller of TV drama commissioning, and promoted another member of its team to the post of BBC Two editor.

In his new role as controller of BBC drama commissioning, Piers Wenger will be responsible for commissioning across the whole of the BBC portfolio and overseeing more than 450 hours of drama a year on the BBC.

Wenger has been head of drama at Channel 4 drama since 2012, commissioning original scripted drama across both Channel 4 and E4. Prior to Channel 4, he was head of drama at BBC Wales and was the executive producer of Doctor Who.

BBC controller of TV channels and iPlayer, Charlotte Moore, commented: “Piers is a brilliant creative leader with great taste and a passion for writing. He has a breadth of experience and knowledge of the global industry, as well as a real understanding of audiences. BBC drama is in exceptional form and I’m thrilled that Piers will continue to build on this and enhance our world-class reputation. I’m really excited by his ideas and vision and I’m looking forward to working with him and leading BBC drama to future success.”

Following a reorganisation, which saw the appointment of Moore as controller of TV channels and iPlayer, the new BBC Two editor role was created, with Holland announced in the post. He is currently head of documentaries commissioning at the BBC.

In the new role he will provide creative leadership and manage and run the channel, commissioning and scheduling programmes with the aim of enhancing its identity as a channel that ‘challenges the status quo, inspires original thinking and gives a voice to new perspectives and diverse opinions.’

Holland has been head of documentaries since 2015, leading one of the biggest commissioning teams at the BBC, overseeing a huge range of output across all channels.

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