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Emery cops BBC COO post

LONDON – Dick Emery has been appointed chief operating officer of BBC Worldwide as part of another restructuring of the pubcaster’s commercial arm.

This involves the creation of a new body, the BBC Rights Agency, to be the sole exploiter of commercial rights to BBC programs. It will mediate between the pubcaster’s production, broadcasting and commercial divisions.

The Rights Agency will be run by Mike Phillips, currently deputy managing director of BBC Worldwide TV. Its board will be chaired by Bob Phillis, chief exec of BBC Worldwide.

Its creation is intended to bring some order into the chaotic relationship between the BBC’s program-makers and the execs who sell their shows abroad or negotiate co-production deals.

Emery currently is managing director of BBC Worldwide TV. His new role will give him managerial responsibility across a wider range of businesses, including publishing and new media.

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