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Alan Yentob was appointed director of programmes by the BBC, making him the "creative leader" across its television and radio production. His new brief covers drama, music, arts, sport, children's and factual shows as well as English language work for the World Service.

In a move predicted by the Independent last week, he will lead the board of management programme committee on which the directors of radio and television, channel controllers and production heads sit. Previously controller of BBC1, a post which now disappears, Mr Yentob commissioned some of the corporation's most successful programmes including Pride and Prejudice.