Prior leaves Children’s BBC

Hunt on for successor

LONDON — Children’s BBC topper Dorothy Prior is ankling her post after two years to oversee the pubcaster’s efficiency drive in production.

She takes up her new job as controller of production resources in May.

The hunt is on for her successor, who will take on one of the biggest jobs at Television Center at a sensitive time for the sprawling BBC children’s activities, which include two digital webs.

CBBC is facing big cuts as part of the Beeb’s plans to slim down. The department will move out of London 200 miles north to Manchester in 2010, a decision far from popular with staff.

Prior, who has adopted a low profile in the role, is responsible for commissioning and scheduling a hefty slate, plus running preschool web CBeebies and CBBC, aimed at older kids.

Children’s shows are also big overseas earners for commercial arm BBC Worldwide, making the job all the more important.

In her new gig, Prior will report to director-general Mark Thompson.

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