British presenter Suzy Klein has been appointed head of arts and classical music programming for the BBC, following an overhaul of the broadcaster’s operations earlier this year.
Klein will focus on broadcasts from the BBC’s linear channels, its iPlayer streaming service and other digital offerings, but she will also work with the broadcaster’s radio and its Sounds app on content.
She will report to Patrick Holland, who began in his new role as Director of Facts, Arts and Classical Music in April following a major restructuring of the BBC’s artistic and musical commissions division.
The changes saw BBC Arts director Jonty Claypole leave the organization, while music commission chief Jan Younghusband and Lamia Dabboussy, who had been head of arts and classical music since April, will also leave later this year.
A new TV Command Director, whose remit will include classical music, will be appointed by Klein. BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey continues to oversee classical music, including the commissioning of new music, and he will work with Holland and Klein on pan-BBC content.
Klein has been with the BBC for 25 years and before that he worked for the Canadian television station CBC. From October, she will abandon the presentation to focus on her new role.
âIf my nomination means anything, it’s a long-term commitment to the transformative power, inspiration and joy that the arts bring,â she said. âThis is something I look forward to sharing with my brilliant control team as we work together to create the most compelling and must-see shows for audiences across the UK. “
Holland added, âSuzy combines a deep knowledge of the subject with a proselytizing passion for the fine arts and classical music delivery. Her vision for the future development of genres on TV and iPlayer made her the leading contender for this most important role. “
Earlier this week, the BBC unveiled a series of new shows from the arts and music division, as part of its pledge to double investments in genres.