Ironside Wood moves up at BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has promoted Janie Ironside Wood to its newly-created director of communications post, from her former role as head of press and PR.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has promoted Janie

Ironside Wood to its newly-created director of communications post, from

her former role as head of press and PR.



Reporting to Rupert Gavin, the newly-appointed chief executive of BBC

Worldwide, Ironside Wood has a widened remit which includes corporate

and internal communications for the first time.



Corporate and internal communications were previously handled by Ian

Hunter, who was chief assistant to former deputy director general Bob

Phillis. Under a restructuring of BBC Worldwide which began in December

1996, Hunter’s role was amalgamated into the director of communications

post. Hunter is now project leader for strategy and channel development

at BBC Broadcast.



Ironside Wood will continue to manage press and PR strategies in the UK

and internationally with her deputies, Jennie Allen and Mary

Collins.



She will oversee a total team of 30 people across all BBC Worldwide’s

businesses, including publishing, TV sales and distribution and new

media.



’BBC Worldwide is going to grow dramatically,’ said Ironside Wood. ’What

we have to do is make sure it develops in line with core BBC values. It

will never replace the licence fee, but will continue to supplement it,’

she added.



Ironside Wood joined the BBC in January 1997 from ITN where she was

chief press officer. She has also been head of press for GMTV’s

pre-launch period and manager of TV-am’s press office.



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