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BBC Studios appoints Martyn Freeman as COO

His responsibilities include overseeing the company's technology strategy

Martyn Freeman is to take over responsibility for BBC Studios’ technology, transformation and property following his appointment as the company’s chief operating officer.

He will be responsible for leading a number of global business functions including the negotiation of major acquisitions and partnerships, regulatory compliance in multiple international jurisdictions, and the company’s technology strategy.

Freeman will continues to serve as BBC Studios’ general counsel.

Speaking about the appointment, BBC Studios CEO Tom Fussell said: “This is a critical role for BBC Studios’ future and I am delighted that Martyn has agreed to take on the additional responsibility. He has overseen BBC Studios’ operational response to the pandemic, bringing his trademark calm and focus to a challenging set of circumstances for the business and its staff and ensuring that everyone has had the support they need to do their jobs. In overseeing our operational strategy, Martyn will underpin our plans for success, by enabling teams to continue to focus on expanding our audiences and revenue.”

Freeman added:This is a significant time for the company and I am excited to take on the expanded role. We are driving through plans to realise new digital revenue streams, we have a new CEO at the helm and we have committed to ambitious goals to increase our returns to the BBC Group for the next five year period. I look forward to playing a key role in our continued success.”