Thomson takes on role as director of BBC public policy

The BBC has promoted the World Service’s deputy MD Caroline Thomson to be its new director of public policy.

The BBC has promoted the World Service’s deputy MD Caroline Thomson

to be its new director of public policy.



Reporting to director-general Greg Dyke, Thomson will oversee the BBC’s

editorial and regulatory policies, while taking charge of its legal

affairs and government relations functions.



Thomson’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the announcement that

incumbent Patricia Hodgson is to become chief executive of the

Independent Television Commission later this year.



Thomson has spent more than 20 years in broadcasting. She worked for the

BBC for eight years before joining the SDP as a political assistant to

leader Roy Jenkins in the 1983 general election campaign. After that she

worked for Channel 4 and was made head of corporate affairs in 1990.



She returned to the BBC in 1995 as strategic and corporate affairs

director for the World Service and was appointed deputy MD four years

ago.



Her PR experience at the World Service included responsibility for

audience research, marketing and public affairs. She led negotiations

with the Treasury over this week’s Comprehensive Spending Review, which

gives the World Service a real-terms increase of over four per cent

annually over three years.



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