The national press have confirmed the departure of BBC1 Controller Lorraine Heggessey. Ms Heggessey has spent five years in the position, and is responsible for the commissioning of “Spooks” and of course the new series of Doctor Who. Ms Heggessey is moving to a Talkback Thames – producer of “The Bill” – as Chief Executive.
Candidates earmarked to replace Lorraine Heggessey include the BBCs Jane Tranter, Channel 4s Kevin Lygo, Nigel Pickard if ITV and Daisy Goodwin of Talkback Thames. The Times also tout one Michael Grade as a possibility…
Although a loss to the BBC, and possibly disappointing to Doctor Who fans, Ms Heggessey’s departure coincides with a decision by the BBC to introduce more “quality” into the schedule of BBC1. This can only be good news for Doctor Who and British television in general.
It’s also worth mentioning that the BBC have been asked by the Board of Governors to reduce spending by 15% across the board. A cut in budget is unlikely to affect Doctor Who, however, as long as it remains popular.