Exec replaces Plowman

LONDON — The BBC’s new head of comedy is seasoned U.K. comedy topper Mark Freeland, who will replace Jon Plowman.

Freeland, whose title is head of comedy for vision studios, will oversee in-house comedy production across four BBC TV channels.

He rejoins the pubcaster following a brief stint at British comedy specialist Hartswood Films, where he was an executive producer.

Freeland’s previous jobs include head of comedy commissioning at the BBC between 2002 and 2005, where he helped nurture hits like sketch show “The Catherine Tate Show.” and edgy black comedy “Nighty Night.”

Prior to that he was head of original programs at Sky One.

The highly regarded Plowman is leaving after 14 years as head of comedy to return to program-making.

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