I left the BBC because after six years I needed a new challenge – but also because I felt that backstage.bbc.co.uk needed some flesh blood to take it to the next level. I’m pleased that Ian got the job, as I know that’s exactly what he’ll do.
Ian brings some fantastic new skills and experience to the post – particularly with his established ties with academia which was something I particularly felt was lacking during my tennure. He is also another strong believer in the merrits and ethos of the BBC having worked for many years on the BBC World Service sites.
I know Ian will be successful in his new job, and I wish him all the very best of luck with it (not that he needs it). Well done mate.