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BBC retools it L.A. office

Telegdy upped after BSkyB poached Segal

LONDON — The BBC is restructuring its Los Angeles office with the appointment of Paul Telegdy as VP of programming and co-productions with responsibility for program acquisition, co-production and program sales.

He replaces Rebecca Segal, who was poached by Rupert Murdoch’s satcaster BSkyB in March to head up its Los Angeles-based acquisitions unit.

Telegdy will take up his post on June 1 and report to Candace Carlisle, chief operating officer of BBC Worldwide Americas, and George McGhee, controller of program acquisitions.

“Uniting the BBC’s various co-pros and acquisitions in L.A. under one job is a major step forward in taking a ‘one BBC’ approach to managing our business in these two areas,” said BBC director of television Jana Bennett.

Telegdy joined the pubcaster in 1997 as commercial manager, drama and entertainment, from Primetime Television Assn., where he led the sales team selling to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, U.K., Japan and Northeast Asia.

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