LONDON — It’s taken more than a year, but the BBC has finally found somebody to fill the embarrassing vacancy at the head of its drama department.
Or rather, after the job was turned down by every senior drama exec in British TV, its specification has been downgraded until finally the pubcaster could find somebody to fit it.
So Colin Adams, a BBC apparatchik with little drama experience, has been named controller of drama production. A manager rather than a producer, he has been helping administrate the drama department for the past six months alongside Alan Yentob, who provided the creative leadership in his role as the BBC’s director of programs.
Yentob is moving back up the BBC ladder to become director of television June 16 (Daily Variety, May 26) , at which time Adams will take over sole responsibility for drama.
The drama department is one of the BBC’s flagships, and the head of drama position has traditionally been one of the pubcaster’s most high- profile creative jobs.
But the BBC’s extended failure to attract a heavy hitter to the post reflects the fact that its creative reputation has been compromised by the widespread impression that the bureaucrats have taken the upper hand at the pubcaster in recent years.