Friday, March 27, 2009

BBC appoints new radio drama chief

The BBC has appointed Jane Berthoud its new head of radio comedy.

Berthoud, who has worked at the BBC's comedy department for 14 years, will be the first woman to hold the role. Her credits include At Home with the Snails, World of Pub and Audio Diaries for Radio 4 and Alan's Big One with Alan Davies for Radio 1.

"I am delighted that Jane is going to lead the Comedy team in Audio and Music," said Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer. "She has a terrific track record. The department is vital to the Radio 4 audience and the whole of the BBC. It continues to produce many hits and with Jane at the helm I am sure it will continue to do so."

Berthoud will take up the role on May 4. In a statement, she said: "It's a very exciting job. With audiences in excess of five million per week, radio comedy remains a jewel in the crown of British culture and it's a privilege to be taking the helm." (

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