Salmon in as BBC1 controller

LONDON — Peter Salmon has been appointed controller of BBC1, the pubcaster’s main TV channel.

Salmon currently is director of programs for the ITV station Granada TV, but he previously worked for 12 years at the BBC as a documentary maker, and latterly as head of TV features at BBC Bristol.

He left the pubcaster in 1993 to join Channel 4 as controller of factual programs, before joining Granada in February 1996. Shortly afterward he rejected an offer to return to the pubcaster as controller of BBC2.

As the head of BBC1, Salmon will report to Alan Yentob, the BBC’s director of television, who has been running the channel pending the appointment of a controller.

Salmon said, “BBC1 is a cornerstone of British popular culture with the richest and broadest program range of any channel in the world. The challenge of leading it forward into the 21st century is an unmissable opportunity.”

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