BBC Worldwide Names New Director of TV for Australia and New Zealand

Natalie Edgar, who is currently the Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s deputy channel controller for ABC1, will start her new position in mid-January.

SYDNEY – BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has appointed Natalie Edgar, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s deputy controller at ABC1, to the position of director of television.

Edgar will be responsible for BBC Worldwide channels in Australia and New Zealand and act as the editorial voice for BBC Worldwide’s content in the two territories. In addition to commissioning and acquiring content for the channels, she will lead the new TV formats production partnership with FremantleMedia in Australia and TV format production in New Zealand.

BBC Worldwide’s channel portfolio in Australia and New Zealand includes entertainment channel UKTV, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and BBC World News in Australia and UKTV, BBC Knowledge and BBC World News on Sky TV in New Zealand.

BBC Worldwide also will launch BBC First, a premium BBC channel showcasing premiere British drama and comedy on Foxtel in August 2014. 

Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: "Natalie’s passion for content and her first-class editorial experience will ensure our television business is in the best possible hands as we launch a premium BBC channel and raise our game in content production."

Edgar starts at BBC Worldwide in mid-January. She replaces Deirdre Brennan, who is leaving BBC Worldwide to return to the ABC as controller of children’s television in early 2014.