Colin Jarvis steps down from BBC Worldwide

Director of international formats to leave in July

LONDON -- Director of international formats Colin Jarvis will step down in July following more than three decades at the BBC and its global division BBC Worldwide, the pubcaster said Tuesday.

Jarvis, who built up the BBC's international formats business from scratch in the early nineties, launched such formats as "The Weakest Link," "The Office" and "Dancing With The Stars" globally and more recently was also involved in the roll-out of BBC Worldwide's international production network, with bases and partnerships established in Australia, India, North and South America and across Europe.

"It's been one hell of a journey so far and it's not without a heavy heart that I take my leave of friends and colleagues to head off for new adventures," Jarvis said.

"But having joined the BBC as soon as I left school and been here most of the last forty years, I think I'm well overdue a couple of gap years and some time off for good behavior."

BBC Worldwide's managing director of content and production Wayne Garvie said Jarvis left "a formidable legacy" under which "millions of viewers around the world have became hooked on local versions of British television hits and millions of pounds have been generated for the U.K. creative economy."

"Russians now admire their own Stig and Chileans have their own version of David Brent to deal with but there is only one Colin Jarvis. Both personally and professionally, Colin is hugely admired at BBC Worldwide and we will miss him enormously," Garvie added.

A search for his successor will begin within the next few weeks.
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