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BBC appoints new chief for the region

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Written by: David Clensy | Posted 19 December 2016 9:53

BBC appoints new chief for the region

The BBC has appointed a new director of BBC South West.

Pat Connor, who is currently BBC England’s head of development and events, is to extend her role to become the director of BBC South West.

In this new role Pat will oversee the BBC’s audience, external stakeholders and staff engagement in the region, representing the BBC in the South West to both internal and external stakeholders. Pat will also provide overall leadership for BBC Bristol.

She will be based in Bristol where she began her career as reporter with Radio Bristol.

Currently as head of development and events Pat oversees the BBC’s strategy to improve connection with regional audiences. Her recent projects have included bringing the 6Music Festival to Bristol this year; CBBC Live in Hull and The Great North Passion.

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In addition to becoming director of the South West, Pat’s existing role will be extended to working across the whole of the UK, not just England.

Reporting to Ken Macquarrie, director of BBC Nations and Regions, she will sit on the newly created Nations and Regions Board, alongside Alice Webb, Director of the North and Joe Godwin, Director of BBC Midlands and the directors of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Pat will continue to be responsible for the BBC Bristol Partnership which she signed, along with the key partners, for the third time in February this year, as well as setting up similar partnerships across the region.

She said: “I feel privileged to be taking up the opportunity to lead the BBC in the South West of England and to be championing the work that we do here. I’m looking forward to building on the existing positive partnerships and also increasing our activity with audiences right across the region.”

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Previously Pat worked as series producer of the Culture Show on BBC Two and as head of development for BBC Arts. She began her career as a music journalist and presenter at BBC Radio Bristol before joining BBC Radio Four to make dramas and poetry programmes. She later became head of specialist and mainstream music programmes at Radio 1, developing an expertise in live events across the BBC.

Director of BBC Nations and Regions, Ken Macquarrie said: “Pat is an experienced and highly regarded editorial leader with a great track record in delivering impactful programmes of content and events for audiences across England. I’m confident that she will bring strong leadership to the BBC in the South West and forge excellent working partnerships with organisations across the region.”

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