Pubcaster shakes up management at commercial arm

LONDON

BBC Wordwide’s distribution chief, Steve Macallister, is quitting as part of a management shake-up at the pubcaster’s commercial arm.

Macallister, who joined Worldwide from Disney ABC Intl. Television in 2007, will depart March 31.

As prexy and managing director of sales and distribution Macallister delivered revenues of £292.7 million ($474 million) in the last financial year.

Incoming Worldwide CEO Tim Davie thanked Macallister for achieving record growth.

He will not be replaced. A director of operations and chief brands officer will be recruited in due course while Helen Jackson, managing director, content and production, is upped to chief content officer.

The moves follow June’s announcement that Worldwide is reconfiguring its activities from divisional to geographic lines of management, and the departure of CEO John Smith earlier this month.

The three global divisions of consumer products, channels and sales and distribution will cease to exist as Worldwide’s sales are devolved to the various international regions.

Paul Dempsey, interim CEO BBC Worldwide, said: “We are entering a new era for BBC Worldwide with an exciting array of opportunities for growth, both in mature and emerging markets, as well as in the explosion of digital routes to market.”

Dempsey is acting head of Worldwide while Davie is the BBC’s acting director-general until new director-general Tony Hall arrives in March.

The former director general, George Entwistle, ankled in November following just 54 days in the job after flagship public affairs show “Newsnight” wrongly accused a former British pol of child sex abuse and abandoned an investigation into sexual abuse by the late BBC star Jimmy Savile.

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