BBC One boss Danny Cohen appointed BBC's director of television


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BBC One boss Danny Cohen has taken one of the corporation's top jobs, being appointed director of television.

Cohen, who will receive a total package of £327,800, starts his new job on May 7 and will oversee the BBC's four main channels, the iPlayer and departments including drama and films.

He said he was "honoured" to take the job, saying: "Our ambition is to be the finest broadcaster and producer in the world and our values will be based on talent, creativity, storytelling and innovation. I've had a wonderful time at BBC One and am grateful for the work of all the talented people who have made the channel the most popular in the UK in recent years."

Cohen spent three years in charge of BBC Three before moving to BBC One, where he has commissioned shows including Call The Midwife and The Voice.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: "Danny Cohen has been the driving force behind an extremely successful period in BBC One's history. Key to his success has been an ability to provide viewers with a mixture of high quality programmes they enjoy whilst also introducing them to new subjects they might not have considered before. I am looking forward to seeing his impressive mix of creativity and vision being put to great effect across the whole of the BBC Television portfolio."