Channel 4’s Shane Allen appointed BBC’s comedy head

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Channel 4's Shane Allen has been appointed the BBC's new controller of comedy commissioning.

Allen, who has been head of comedy at Channel 4 since 2009, replaces Cheryl Taylor, who is stepping down to run CBBC.

As head of comedy at Channel 4, Allen's commissions have included Black Mirror, Facejacker, Friday Night Dinner and Cardinal Burns.

Prior to becoming head of comedy he was a commissioning editor in the department and ordered shows such as Dead Set and series two and three of The Inbetweeners.

Allen said: "Comedy is my life's passion, so this is a dream job and the best gig in TV comedy given the BBC's unique volume, range, commitment and legacy. It's the perfect time to join as Cheryl Taylor leaves behind a string of big audience-delivering hit shows across all the channels, and George Entwistle [the new director general] is a very keen and inspiring champion of comedy on his new watch."

He added: "I feel proud to leave Channel 4 comedy in rude health and end on a high with the Funny Fortnight season."