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Cuts to hit BBC’s drama production team

Our Girl is part of the BBC's drama output. Photo: Coco Van Oppens/BBC
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The BBC’s in-house drama department is to cut seven roles as part of a restructure to ensure that it is “on fire creatively”.

As part of the changes, three executive producer roles across the drama department in England will be removed, as well as four development producer and producer posts.

However, four new development executive positions will be created. The BBC also said it would use freelance producers as needed.

The changes follow the appointments of new heads of drama in England roles announced in July, with Hilary Salmon, Christopher Aird and Hilary Martin appointed to these positions.

Each heads a creative team – two in London and one in Salford. The newly created development executives will be part of these teams – and will be responsible for developing ideas, writers and scripts.

Explaining the changes, BBC fiction controller Mark Freeland said the Corporation currently had “too many executive producer roles to cover the current workload and to keep us truly competitive”.

“I believe that this proposed re-organisation will give BBC drama production England greater flexibility and dynamism to operate in a highly competitive and changing marketplace,” he said, adding: “We need to be in the best shape in order to be flexible, fleet-of-foot and on fire creatively.”

The BBC drama department produces shows such as Our Girl and EastEnders.

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