Anne Morrison Named BAFTA Chair


UPDATED: The BBC veteran succeeds John Willis, who will serve as deputy chair for a year.

LONDON – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said on Wednesday that it has named BBC veteran Anne Morrison as its new chair, succeeding John Willis.

She had been deputy chair for the last year. Her tenure as chair will run for the next two years. Willis will be deputy chair for one year.

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She is the second woman to serve as BAFTA chair in the history of the organization, after Hilary Bevan Jones took on the role in 2006.

Morrison has been involved with BAFTA for six years as a member of the Television Committee, chair of the Learning & Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees.

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She has been director of the BBC Academy, overseeing the largest broadcast training organization in the U.K. since 2009, but recently announced her departure from the public broadcaster later this year.

Morrison started her career as a producer/director and then became controller, documentaries and contemporary factual, at the BBC. Under her leadership, the production department handled coverage of the Queen's golden jubilee and made such shows as What Not To Wear and a relaunched Top Gear.

She was later appointed program director of the BBC's network supply review, planning and overseeing the growth of BBC network television from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Said Morrison: "I am delighted and deeply honored to become chair of BAFTA. Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the prestigious awards to the amazing year-round learning program that supports, nurtures and develops new talent."

She added: "I look forward to sharing my passion for offering opportunities to talented young people, regardless of their background, and inspiring them to progress further in their careers. BAFTA has something for everyone, from young game designers to world-leading practitioners.”

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