The BBC has appointed Janine Thomason as head of press and public
relations in its new Production directorate.
Thomason, currently chief assistant for corporate affairs, will
represent Production, the directorate which produces all the
corporation’s TV and radio programmes except news.
She will be responsible for managing press relations and accountability
issues within the directorate, and takes up her duties at the end of
’I look forward to joining the programme-making heart of the BBC and
championing the interests of the strongest creative community in
broadcasting,’ said Thomason.
She has worked in corporate affairs at the BBC for the past four years,
on campaigns for charter renewal and the licence fee, and public
consulation on new digital services.
She will report directly to the chief executive of BBC Production, Ron
Neil. Her appointment is the latest in a string of changes at the BBC’s
press and PR function.
Keith Samuel, Thomason’s equivalent in the Broadcast directorate was
appointed controller of publicity and PR, in October. In the same month
Sue Farr was appointed controller of marketing at Broadcast.
The announcement of Thomason’s new post coincides with a new appointment
for BBC director of programmes Alan Yentob.
He is to be director of television in the new Broadcast directorate
which, along with BBC Worldwide, will commission and market the BBC’s
radio and TV programmes.