Tim Davie
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Davie’s still-nascent reign as BBC chief has been beset with challenges, including a shrinking budget (predecessor Tony Hall called for £125 million in cuts), a coming renegotiation of the BBC’s license fee and, significantly, the task of reshaping the broadcaster into a global media company optimized to operate in the post-streaming landscape. The latter wasn’t made easier by the British government’s September pledge to introduce legislation requiring U.K. public broadcasters to make more “distinctly British” content to combat the growing number of shows streamers are producing locally for worldwide audiences. Davie said that while the measures could be an antidote to the “wholly globalized algorithmic” productions from the streamers, he didn’t want to see “flag-waving or editorial control” imposed by the government.


  • BBC Studios
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PepsiCo


  • Cambridge University (UK)

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  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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