BBC Sign, Broadcasting House LondonDamian Kavanagh is returning to the BBC as the corporation’s new controller of daytime replacing Liam Keelan.


The BBC today confirms the appointment of Damian Kavanagh as Controller, BBC Daytime. Reporting into BBC One Controller Danny Cohen, Kavanagh will have responsibility for all daytime commissioning across BBC One and BBC Two, alongside The One Show and 6-7pm on BBC Two.

Damian Kavanagh said: “It was a very difficult decision to leave Channel 4 but BBC Daytime has a unique range of top quality content, from The One Show to programmes like Father Brown, Pointless and Great Railway Journeys. I really can’t wait to get started.”

BBC One Controller, Danny Cohen, added: “Damian has a fantastic blend of editorial and scheduling experience and he’s a team-player. I’m very certain that he will build on the great success of Liam Keelan and the talented Daytime team.”

Kavanagh replaces former BBC Daytime Controller Liam Keelan, now Global Editorial Director at BBC Worldwide. Currently Head of Features and Factual Formats at Channel Four, Kavanagh will take up his new role later this year.

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