Damian Kavanagh has been confirmed as the BBC Three Digital Controller as the channel begins its new life as an exclusively online service.
Kavanagh, current BBC Controller of Daytime, has been appointed by BBC Director of Television, Danny Cohen, and will start the role in January.
“A digital BBC Three is going to be a huge team effort, requiring the BBC and the industry to work together in new ways for a new age,” explains Cohen. “I’m very confident that Damian will lead this with passion, innovation and a commitment to the highest quality content.”
In a blog post (which you can read here), Kavanagh spoke about the challenges and opportunities presented by the new BBC 3 –
“Our proposal is to re-invent BBC Three for the digital age and to take risks with ideas, talent and technology,” he writes. “We want to take what’s great about BBC Three and what’s great about digital and merge the two, to give audiences something of the digital world, not just in it. This isn’t moving a TV channel and putting it online. This is new. We are the first broadcaster in the world to propose something like this.”