Ex-staffer is favorite to oversee network
After a series of scandals at BBC1, the broadcaster conglom’s toppers were getting anxious about the dearth of candidates to run the network.
Ex-staffer Jane Root is now the odds-on favorite to get the job, in which she would oversee a $2 billion budget.
For some time, Root, the erstwhile head of BBC2, who just ankled as head of the Discovery Channel, has been mulling a move back home across the Atlantic.
Following the row over the faked footage in the docu about the Queen and other issues, the BBC needs a trusted person to run their flagship web.
Root, who led the Beeb’s commissioning unit for indies before becoming the org’s first ever female channel controller, worked closely with director-general Mark Thompson and his effective number two, vision supremo Jana Bennett.
Root also was a highly successful controller of BBC2 — too successful, say her critics.
They claim Root sacrificed program quality for ratings by backing fare like quiz show “The Weakest Link.”
But BBC1 needs to be both popular and hit all the right public service buttons.