Tim Davie
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United Kingdom




Davie became director-general of the BBC in September 2020, having previously served as chief executive of BBC Studios, its commercial wing. He showed a deft touch when dealing with both the populist press and the right-of-center government, calming a media storm that centered on whether patriotic song “Rule Brittania” — linked to the U.K.’s colonial past — could be sung on a show. The governing party is keen to wean the BBC off its dependence on licensing fees, which must be paid by all television viewers, and Davie’s commercial acumen will surely help with that. The BBC also needs to attract more younger viewers, so he is charged with speeding up the migration to streaming while retaining the network’s older demographic.


  • BBC Studios
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PepsiCo


  • Cambridge University (UK)

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  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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