McGhee exits as head of BBC acquisitions

Sue Deeks will serve as temporary replacement

LONDON -- BBC head of acquisitions George McGhee is stepping down after six years, to be replaced on an interim basis by BBC head of series acquisitions Sue Deeks, it was announced Tuesday.

McGhee, who has overseen the acquisitions of such shows as "Mad Men," "Damages" and "Heroes" for the BBC, said he was taking a career break after 30 years in television.

During his tenure he has had to tread a fine line with spending on acquisitions, with the BBC coming under fire from critics for spending license fee cash on U.S. fare.

In recent years the pubcaster has focused on picking up U.S. fare primarily for its digital channels or late night slots. "I really want to take a break and spend more time in Scotland and France. My team here has been very supportive and fun," McGhee said.

"I have been so lucky in having the only career I ever wanted, and I am proud and pleased that my last major position has been at the BBC, which is still the finest broadcaster in the world."
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