BBC taps vets for drama unit

Lewis, Hogg to raise quality of primetime

LONDON — The BBC has appointed veteran TV drama producers Simon Lewis and Sue Hogg as senior drama execs to boost the quality of its primetime output.

Lewis and Hogg have collaborated before at United Prods. and most recently as controller and deputy controller of drama at Granada TV to bring a range of popular series to the screen for ITV.

Returning in the new year to the BBC, where they began their careers, they will head a new production unit, answering directly to director of drama, entertainment and children’s Alan Yentob.

Some of their programming will be used in the new 9 p.m. slot opened up in the wake of director general Greg Dyke’s decision to shift the long-standing Nine O’Clock News to 10 p.m.

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