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Published on February 15th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

BBC1 Controller Heggessey Steps Down

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.

The article in The Times can be found here, and the BBCi report here.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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