BBC Names Jeff Anderson Head of Daytime Production

In the newly created post, he will oversee daytime content for the BBC Factual Production unit as the U.K. public broadcaster continues to fine-tune its team under director general Tony Hall.

LONDON – The BBC has created the new role of head of daytime production for its BBC Factual Production unit.

It has promoted Jeff Anderson, who has served as editor of consumer affairs program Watchdog since 2010, to the post, where he will be in charge of a slew of informational and consumer shows, the Guardian reported.

The latest executive appointment at the U.K. public broadcaster comes as it continues to fill posts and re-jig its management team following the appointment of Tony Hall as director general. Among Hall's key direct appointments have been the promotion of Danny Cohen to the post of director, BBC Television and the hiring of former Times of London editor James Harding as head of BBC News.

Overall, Anderson will be responsible for 200 hours of daytime programming, including Your Money, Their Tricks, another BBC consumer show.

"As editor of Watchdog for the past three years, Jeff has demonstrated his particular skill in blending impeccable journalism with a populist touch," said Natalie Humphreys, controller of BBC Factual Production.

A replacement for Anderson at Watchdog will be selected in a search process. Alan Holland will serve as acting editor of the show for now.

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